Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/1/13
Earlier this month soccer great Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona broke German Gerd Müller’s mark of 85 goals scored in a calendar year, a feat Müller accomplished in 1972. Messi scored his 85th and 86th goal of 2012 in a December 9 match against Real Betis. He has since added four goals to his total, establishing a mark that will be as hard to surpass as Müller’s was. (The Zambian Football Association has presented evidence that Godfrey Chitalu, who played for Kabwe Warriors F.C., scored 107 goals in 1972, but his feat was not globally recognized. For what it’s worth, FIFA does not keep official counts of most goals in a calendar year.) Gerd Müller, looking smooth at the 1970 World Cup. Meanwhile in American football, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson are threatening to break, respectively, Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record (2,105 yards) and Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record (1,848 yards). Dickerson’s record has stood since 1984; Rice set his record
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