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91 Goals Scored in 2012

posted 23 Dec 2012, 12:04 by Sportech Nz   [ updated 23 Dec 2012, 12:10 ]

  On 9 December 2012, Leo Messi broke the previous World Record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012 against Real Betis.  Since then Messi has gone on to better his own World Record another five times. On Saturday 22 December 2012, Lionel Messi played his last official game of 2012 and scored yet again to establish a new World Record of 91 goals scored in a calendar year.

Here are some stats from ESPN

Lionel Messi’s incredible 2012 had statisticians and historians grasping for new ways to contextualize his achievements. He scored once against Valladolid on Saturday to finish the calendar year with 91 goals, surpassing Gerd Müller’s calendar-year record of 85 goals in 1972.

Messi scored his 91 goals in 69 games, striking every 66 minutes for an average of 1.3 goals per game. That’s slightly behind Müller’s pace of 1.4 goals per game, as the German scored his 85 goals in 60 appearances.

Messi scored 79 goals with Barcelona, including 59 in league play, setting a La Liga calendar-year record. He also had a dozen strikes for Argentina, doubling his career best of six in 2007.

Messi scored 78 of his 91 goals inside the penalty area, including 14 penalties. He converted all 10 of his La Liga penalties and two of his three tries in Champions League play. The miss was a huge one, as it would have given Barcelona the lead in the Champions League semifinal against Chelsea, which survived Barca’s onslaught to reach the final and eventually win the title.

In any given game, Messi was far more likely to score multiple goals than no goals at all. He scored exactly twice in 22 games, matching the number of games in which he was shut out. He added nine hat tricks, including a pair of four-goal games and a Champions League-record five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in March.

Messi opened the scoring in 21 of the 47 games in which he scored. More than half (59 percent) of his goals were scored after halftime, and the quarter-hour he scored most in was between the 76th and 90th minutes. In fact, 40 of his 91 goals were scored in the last half-hour of games.

For someone who played a game more than once every six days on average, Messi didn’t show signs of fatigue. His goal Saturday against Valladolid gave him 28 goals in his last 20 games, slightly ahead of his pace for the rest of the year. Quite a finish to quite a year for Lionel Messi.