The blind pursuit of a contrived record may take the world's greatest player out of action for weeks. Lionel Messi was injured in an inconsequential match for Barcelona .
What a nightmare.
That's how Spanish outlets summed up the calamitous events in Barcelona, where Messi got entangled with Benfica goalkeeper Artur after entering the game in 58th minute and hurt his priceless left knee, forcing him off in the 88th minute.
Injuries are inevitable. They're an occupational hazard. But they are preventable, however, when the player's services are not needed. Messi was only deployed for the sake of pursuing an obscure record, one that was hyped up because there was nothing left for the little genius to break.
Messi has scored 84 goals in the 2012 calendar year - not the 2012-13 season, mind, for that would make it an actually meaningful record, since we measure soccer in seasons, not years - just one less than West Germany and Bayern Munich's Gerd Muller scored in 1972. After Wednes...