Messi ThisClose to Tying Record For Goals in a Calendar Year

It’s no wonder he’s gunning for his fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or… Lionel Messi is thisclose to making soccer history for his ability to score goals.

The 25-year-old Argentine fútbol star is just one goal shy of German Gerd Mueller‘s record of 85 goals in a calendar year after scoring twice in FC Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Lionel Messi

Messi was again a key figure as Barcelona set a new record start to a La Liga season with 13 wins and a draw in their first 14 matches, surpassing the previous best by Real Madrid in the 1991-92 season.

Messi’s 11th double of the season leaves him one  goal shy of Muller’s record for club and country in one year, set in  1972.

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