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Messi named only third best athlete in Argentina

Messi has scored 90 goals in 2012. (©GettyImages)
Messi has scored 90 goals in 2012. (©GettyImages).

2012 will be remembered as the year of Lionel Messi after the Barcelona superstar broke new ground in football be scoring more goals than any other player in a 12 month period.

Messi surpassed Gerd Muller's haul of 85 goals for club and country in 1972, and now has 90 strikes to his name for Barcelona and Argentina with one game remaining this year.

Earlier in 2012, Messi finished the season with the most goals ever recorded in a European season - 73 for Barcelona - and his feats are likely to be recognised with a fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or triumph.

However, Messi has been surprisingly overlooked at home, with sports journalists in Argentina deciding that the 25-year-old has only been the third best athlete in their country in 2012.

Messi was rated behind second placed Sebastian Crismanich - a taekwondo fighter - and the winner, Segio Martinez, a WBC middleweight champion boxer.

Martinez claimed the belt after a unanimous points decision victory over Julio César Chávez Jr in September, and will contest British fighter Martin Marray in his next bout.

"It is an honour having won this prize contending with athletes like Sebastian Crismanich and Leo Messi," Martinez said after winning Olimpia de Oro on Tuesday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Crismanich, meanwhile, was Argentina's only gold medalist at the Olympic games in London.

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