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If records are meant to be broken, is it wrong to invent new ones when we've run out of the old, laying in fragments all around us?
On Tuesday, Lionel Messi's Barcelona travels to Moscow to take on the local Spartak (live, FOX Soccer , 12 p.m. ET). The much-loved trickster will endeavor to get closer to smashing up the next supposedly meaningful record in his path, to relegating it to the pile already in tatters alongside his vaporized trail.
Since January 1 of this year, Messi has scored 50 goals in the Spanish Primera Division , five goals in Spanish cup competitions, 11 goals in the UEFA Champions League and a dozen for Argentina's national team.
78 goals in all.
That's seven short of the 85 Gerd Muller scored for West Germany and Bayern Munich in 1972.
Didn't know that?
But Messi now so transcends his sport that we're clutching onto weird, hurriedly contrived records just to frame the unprecedented parameters of his greatness. Barca'...
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