Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has responded to plaudits for his record-breaking goalscoring feats by vowing to make history again next year.
The Argentina captain scored a brace in Barcelona’s win over Real Betis on Sunday night to break West Germany legend Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of 85.
After making history with his 85th and 86th goals of 2012 Messi insisted his focus was on next year and trying to outdo what he achieved this, in the hope of propelling the Catalan club to reclaims their La Liga and Champions League titles.
“My aim for next year is to do it all again,” he is quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.
Messi’s record-breaking strike did not only get him in the history books, it was also the difference between Barcelona and Betis in the match as the final scoreline was 2-1.
It meant they maintained their six-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of the league, as well as the 11-point gap over great rivals Real Madrid.
Messi acknowledged the record was a great feat and admitted he was enjoying the plaudits, but insisted the most important thing was too keep the distance between the Camp Nou club and those chasing them.
“The record is amazing because of what it means, but the most important thing is that the team won and that we maintained the distance between us and the rest,” added the 25-year-old.
"We knew it'd be difficult coming here because Betis play good football and are doing very well in the league. It's a huge win for us.”