Will tonight be the night? Will Lionel Messi finally draw level and perhaps even surpass Gerd Muller's record goal tally for a single calendar year?

It has been an obsession for football in recent months to count down the goals until Messi smashes Muller's remarkable tally of 85 goals in 1972.

Having beaten the German's record for most goals in a single season last term, Messi now appears set to surpass him tonight when Barcelona take on Benfica in the Champions League.

At face value, it is a simply remarkable effort from the Barcelona forward, whose goal scoring exploits of late have left most rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

His efforts have made him a dead certainty for a record 4th Ballon d'Or in the new year to go along with the Golden Boot he picked up earlier this season.

But maybe it's time to look a little deeper and compare both Muller and Messi's goalscoring exploits. Does the fact that Messi should beat Muller's record make him a more deadly goalscorer?

Luckily for you, GMF is here to have a dig around and find out all the stats behind the one being bandied around so regularly at the moment.

Take a look at both men's statistics from their record breaking years, 2012 for Messi and and 1972 for Muller, and find out for and for all, who is the greatest goal scorer in football history.

Messi may soon have more goals, but Muller took less games to reach 85 goals in 1972


Neither man went longer than three games without a goal, although there's still time for Messi to sieze up....


Messi's blast of 24 goals in 13 games makes for the best purple patch between the pair.


Messi has scored more braces, but Muller is the hat-trick king.


Both men managed to achieve 13 goals in a single month during their record years.


Muller just edges it when it comes to converting his goals into wins for club and country.


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