Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in a single year may be under threat just days after he scored his 86th goal of 2012.
The Barcelona forward made history by passing Gerd Muller’s total of 85 goals with a brace against Real Betis over the weekend.
However the Zambian Football Association now intend to put forward a case to FIFA for striker Godfrey Chitalu to be installed as the record holder, claiming that the five time Zambian player of the year hit 107 strikes in 1972 for Kabwe Warriors.
“We have this record, which has been recorded in Zambian football, but unfortunately it has not been recorded in world football," a Zambia FA spokesperson told NewsDay Zimbabwe.
"Even as the world has been looking at Lionel Messi's record, breaking Gerd Müller's, the debate and discussion back here has been why Godfrey's goals are not being recognised.
"What we are doing is, we have commissioned an independent team locally to go back into the archives and record minute-by-minute each of those goals. The team that we have put together is going to calculate all of those goals, recording whichever game or tournament they were scored in.
"We will then send that to CAF [Confederation of African Football] and Fifa so that we can show that, while Messi's record is there, while Müller's record is there, the actual record holder in terms of goals per calendar year is actually an African. It's actually Godfrey Chitalu."
Chitalu, who was selected by the Confederation of African Football as one of the best 200 African footballers of the last 50 years, went on to become Zambia’s head coach before dying in the plane crash that killed 18 members of the Zambian national team along with 12 others in 1993.
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