Messi Ends the Year as the Best Goal Scorer in the World

It should come as little surprise, especially following his record-breaking year, but Lionel Messi has the best scoring leg in the world…

The 25-year-old Argentine fútbol star for FC Barcelona was the best goal scorer of the 60 main leagues in the world this year, managing 50 goals in 37 games.

Lionel Messi

Messi was also the most effective, with an average of 1.35 goals per match, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ranked No. 2 spot in both categories, scoring 46 goals in 38 games, giving him 1.21 goals per match.

In 2012, 83 players from the 60 leagues scored 20 or more goals, while only 64 achieved the feat in 2011 and just 57 did it in 2010.

The 83 top goal scorers are of 48 different nationalities, with nine Brazilians, six Argentines, four Dutchmen, four Uruguayans, four Frenchmen, four Belgians and three Colombians making the list, says the IFFHS.

The list includes 40 Europeans, 27 South Americans, seven Asians, five Africans and four players from the CONCACAF zone – Central America and North America – but no players from Oceania.

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