Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi scored two goals when his side played against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday taking his tally to 73 goals in a calendar year bringing him close to Pele and Gerd Muller’s record.
Muller scored 85 goals in a calendar year who is currently holding the record followed by Pele with 75 goals. Messi is not bothered about breaking Pele’s or Muller’s record as his main aim is to secure three points for his team and he wants to contribute as much as he can.
"Breaking Pele's record is the least I'm worried about. We won at a difficult ground, and that was the most important thing” Messi said while speaking to the reporters after the match against Vallecano.
The Argentine International will collect his Golden boot on Monday for being the top scorer in Europe last season. Messi did not leave an opportunity to thank his team-mates as he believes it couldn’t have been possible with their continues support.
"I want to thank my team-mates, without them I wouldn't have been able to win the prize" Messi said.
The 25-year-old had competition from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo but Messi did manage to beat his counterpart for the Golden Boot. Ronaldo would not be too worried about his individual record as his team managed to win the La Liga Title last season.
With Messi’s current pace and goal scoring form, it looks like he will easily surpass Pele’s record of 75 goals and may come close to break Muller’s 85 goals in a calendar year record. Will Messi break Muller’s record or will he just manage to break Pele’s record and just fall short of goals to break Muller’s record. One needs to wait for the New Year as that’s when the calendar year ends.