Thank heavens, he’s finally done it. After months and months of talk, Lionel Messi has moved past Gerd Muller’s record tally of 85 goals in a single year set back in 1972 with a brace against Real Betis last night.
Those two goals moved him to 86 for the year with three games still to come – and the man himself says there are more to come before the clock strikes 12 on the December 31.
Most who saw Muller in action believed there was little chance that his 85 goals in a single year could be broken – but 40 years later his total has been surpassed and the man who is re-writing the history books has his sights set on a few more milestones.
The records for highest scorer in La Liga and the Champions League will surely tumble, while the Argentinian genius also has his sights set on becoming the leading scorer for both club and country.
But with Messi on a one man mission to break every record he possibly can, what are the records, milestones and totals are in there out there in football that look unlikely to ever be touched by a certain diminutive genius or indeed by the best teams in the game? GMF investigates…..
Consecutive Champions League tournament wins
There will surely never be a time when a modern team can win the Champions League five times in a row like Real Madrid? Even the most dominant team in recent years, Barcelona, failed to win it back to back, let alone five years on the trot.
The dominant forces of years gone by tried their best and failed; Liverpool managed two on the spin as did Bayern Munich and AC Milan, but this looks like one that will stand for some time yet.
Consecutive winning run
Unbeaten run, pah, what’s that?!? It’s all about three points in football and Benfica embarked upon the ultimate winning run between 1971 and 1973, winning a massive 29 on the trot.
Barcelona managed 16 in 2011 while Inter managed 17 in 2006/07 but this certainly looks like one that will be around for a while.
Most career league goals
Can you imagine what Pele’s face would look like if Messi ever beat his record for most career league goals?
The Brazilian’s contempt for those who rate Messi as the greatest of all time is thinly veined at best, and it will likely switch to unbridled hatred if he beats his total of 541 league goals throughout his career.
Note: There is some debate about this stat; according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, Pele leads the way ahead of Josef Bican (518) and Ferenc Puskás (511) but there is some debate about these figures and what goals should and shouldn't be included.
Longest unbeaten run in a domestic league
Think Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ season was impressive? Well even they would have to bow down to the Steaua Bucharest team of the mid to late 1980’s, who went a whole 106 games without tasting defeat.
In more recent times, AC Milan went 58 games without losing between 1991 to 1993. Barcelona made it 31 games between 2010 and 2011.
Some others that will never be broken…..
Longest unbeaten home record:
Real Madrid, 1957 to 1965 - 121
Highest aggregate win in Europe
Chelsea 21 - 0 Jeunesse Hautcharage, 1971-72
Highest ever international goalscorer:
Ali Daei, Iran - 109