Lionel Messi passes Pele's record against Mallorca
Posted: 12 November 2012 Time: 1:03 pm
Lionel Messi has surpassed Pele's record of goals scored in a 12-month period, and now has Gerd Muller's record tally of 85 goals in his sights.
Messi scored twice against Mallorca on Sunday, giving him 76 goals in 59 appearances.
Pele's scoring mark is 75 goals in one calendar year, which he accomplished in 1958.
Messi still trails Muller, who scored a total of 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in just 60 games in 1972.
The 25-year-old needs a goal a game in Barcelona's remaining nine appearances in 2012 to catch Muller's record – one more than that to pass it.