Barcelona, Dec 10: Barcelona sensation Lionel Messi broke Germany legend Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of goals scored in one calendar year, netting his 85th and 86th goal in the 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.
Muller scored 85 goals in 60 games back in 1972 while Messi reached the milestone in 66 matches. The 25-year-old Argentinean took 15 minutes to level up with Muller's record and went on to score another in the 25th minute.
Messi has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina while Muller scored 72 for Bayern Munich and 13 for West Germany.
Messi's record this season includes six hat-tricks, 20 doubles and four goals in the same game on two occasions. The World Player of the Year was doubtful after suffering a knee injury in the midweek Champions League match against Benfica.
Compared to the likes of Pele and Diego Maradona, Messi is Barca's leading goal-scorer with 283 goals in all competitions also becoming the clubs all-time leading scorer in La Liga, with 192, two ahead of Cesar Rodriguez.
Except for the World Cup and Copa America titles, Messi has won football's biggest prizes at the club level with three Champions League medals, five La Liga crowns and winning the FIFA Club World Cup twice.