Lionel Messi, the star of Barcelona, has long gained a reputation of being somewhat “supernatural”. Not surprisingly, Lionel Messi broke the record for most goals in a year this Monday, three games before the end of 2012.
Gerd Mueller used to be the soccer player who scored the most goals in a calendar year. With Lionel Messi getting better and better at yet (without getting older), no soccer record is safe now. It was the game against Real Betis that gave Lionel Messi the opportunity to break Gerd Mueller’s record for the most goals in a year.
Lionel Messi scored in the 16th and 25th minutes of the game against Real Betis in the La Liga. With those two goals, Lionel Messi broke Gerd Mueller’s record by two goals, giving the 40-year-old soccer legend a well deserved “rest”. And although Lionel Messi’s nickname is “The Flea”, Gerd Mueller, aka “Der Bomber”, is surely appreciative of the man who managed to break his record.
“As I have said many times, the record is nice but the important thing is the victory that keeps us on the patch we want to continue on” Lionel Messi said on Facebook of his latest achievement. “As I always say, my objectives are on a team level: to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey again” he added.
You don’t have to be current with European soccer to know Lionel Messi works magic on the field without even breaking a sweat. Or at least, that’s how things look from the outside. Lionel Messi is for the European and Argentinean fans an amazing player with skills we haven’t seen for years.
“Leo is supernatural. He doesn’t have limits” said Gerard Pique, defender for Barcelona. “We’ll always have to remember everything he gave us. We have to enjoy every minute we have with him” Pique added.
Tito Vilanova, the Barcelona coach, is without a doubt appreciative of the fact Lionel Messi isn’t with the adversary teams. “We won’t see another player like [Messi]. Not just because of his ability to score. But also for his ability to pass, play defense, and his understanding of the game” said Tito Vilanova. Lionel Messi “is a global star that helps us in so many ways” he concluded.