Lionel Messi breaks 40-year record

Lionel Messi celebrates his most recent record.
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Lionel Messi celebrates his most recent record. (Courtesy of arteyfotografia.com via creative commons)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had an astounding performance on Sunday that proved why his team is first place in the Spanish league.

Barcelona’s two goals both came from Messi as they prevailed over Real Betis with a score of 2-1.

His second goal in the 25th minute overtook the record of 85 goals in a single year.

The previous record was held by the German soccer legend Gerd Mueller and dates back to 1972.

Carlmont student and soccer fanatic Vincent Leopardo watched the game and commented, “It’s just Messi doing what Messi does, he is simply the greatest to ever play the game.”

Of the total 86 goals that Messi has scored in 2012, 74 have been for Barcelona while the other 12 are for his home country, Argentina.

“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,” said the modest Messi.

Along with the record, Messi is expected to continue his legacy as he is the favorite to win the World Player of the Year award for the fourth time in a row.

We won’t see another player like (Messi),” Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said. “Not just because of his ability to score. But also for his ability to pass, play defense, and his understandings of the game. He is a global star that helps us in so many ways.”

This win has placed Barcelona six points ahead of the second place club Atletico as they seek to continue their success under the leadership of Messi and his exciting gameplay.

 Lionel Messi celebrates his most recent record.
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