This weekend Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi broke one of the most respected records in world sports with his 85th and 86th goals of the 2012 calendar year.  German legend Gerd Muller had held the recognized mark with 85 goals scored in 1972.  The 86 goals include an incredible 56 scored in 36 La Liga games, 3 in the Spanish Cup, 2 in the Spanish Super Cup, 13 in European play, and 12 internationally for Argentina.  Although the European soccer season goes from August-May, the 86 goals scored in the year 2012 (or whatever number Messi eventually finishes with as Barcelona still has 3 games left in 2012) will go down in history along with some of the more famous records held across sports.  Enjoy the magisterial genius of Messi with some fitting splashes of Ray Hudson sprinkled in for good measure.

[Huffington Post]

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