FOOTBALL - On Saturday, 1 December, Lionel Messi scored his 83rd and 84th official goals for club and country in the 2012 calendar year, moving him to within one of equalling Gerd Müller’s world record of 85 established in 1972. The Argentine ace still has a possible six matches to play in 2012.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi added two goals to his career La Liga total raising it to 186 and joining Carlos Santillana, the former Real Madrid stalwart in ninth place all-time. Santillana scored his 186 between 1971 and 1989, Messi needed less than half as many seasons (2004-2012). The Argentine’s next target is Edmundo Suárez’s 195 goals in eighth place all-time.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi scored his 75th and 76th goals of the 2012 calendar year, thereby overtaking the mark of 75 set by Pelé for goals scored for club and country in official matches in a calendar year. Messi can now set his sights on the world record held by Germany’s Gerd Müller.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona take on Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday, 23 October, and the Argentine ace is one goal away from scoring the 300th of his senior career. As the milestone approaches, we are putting the 299 he has already recorded in perspective.
FOOTBALL - Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 28th penalty goal in La Liga in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Celta de Vigo on Saturday. He has now equalled Míchel in second place on 28 penalty goals for Real Madrid in La Liga.
FOOTBALL - Sunday’s Clásico match between superpowers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will also be a battle between their respective superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The former has netted 15 career Clásico goals already and only trails Alfredo di Stéfano in that respect. The latter is hoping to become the first player to score in six successive Clásico matches.
FOOTBALL - After FC Barcelona’s win last night, the head-to-head between Real Madrid and Barça is deadlocked at 87-46-87. If Barcelona beat Real next week in Bernabéu, the Blaugranas will lead the H2H for the first time in more than 80 years. That was before Real Madrid defeated Barça 2-0 in 1931 in the 14th El Clásico.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi is 25 years old today. At this age he has already won a boatload of honours. He has helped FC Barcelona win the UEFA Champions League three times, La Liga five times and on an individual level is a two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner. He has played 329 official matches for FC Barcelona, scoring an all-time club record 253 goals. In 2011/2012, Messi scored an incredible 73 official goals for club and country.
Shares birthday with: Juan Manuel Fangio, Jeff Beck, Mick Fleetwood
Lionel Messi scored all four goals for FC Barcelona in their La Liga home win over Espanyol (4-0). Messi is now on 50 La Liga goals and 72 goals in all official matches this season.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick tonight, giving him 68 goals in all competitions this season, breaking the all-time mark of 67 by Gerd Müller for Bayern München in 1972/1973. With his seventh La Liga hat-trick of this season he equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s record also set this season.
FOOTBALL - Tomorrow, the much anticipated Clásico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will pit the world’s two greatest players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They have both scored a record-setting 41 La Liga goals this season. This Infographic shows their numbers which belong in Video Games.
FOOTBALL - Many of you have asked us recently what the La Liga table would look like if we scratched all goals by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. As it would seem strange to us erase all goals by one individual player we cancelled out the goals by ALL 20 club top scorers and recalculated the table. This is what came out.
FOOTBALL - One of the followers from our community has shown in a few graphs in which minutes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are most dangerous in La Liga this season and also which portion of their goals is scored against teams from the top half of the table and which portion is scored against teams from the bottom half of the table.