More Goals Than Milan – Messi’s 2012 in numbers


The Argentine is now just five away from Gerd Muller’s legendary mark of 85 goals and his 2012 haul is greater than the total amassed by a host of clubs

Messi played his part in Dani Alves’ brilliant opener before scuffing a second into the corner with his right and rounding the keeper for a simple finish to make it 3-0 before half-time. 

In doing so, he equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy as the second-highest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League with 56 goals, behind only Raul, whose record of 14 doubles in the continental competition was surpassed.

Messi’s staggering statistics not only put most forward players to shame, but some club sides too.

80 –
 Messi’s goals for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012. He is currently five behind record-holder Muller, who netted 85 for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972. Leo has up to nine games left to surpass Muller’s mark.

80 – Liverpool have scored 80 times so far in 2012. The Reds’ big chance to overtake Messi (if he is still within sight) will come at Christmas – when Spain enjoys a winter break.

76 – AC Milan, last season’s Serie A runners-up, Champions League quarter-finalists and Coppa Italia semi-finalists, have scored only 76 times so far in 2012.

66 – Arjen Robben, a player once (peculiarly) compared to Messi by sections of the Spanish media, has scored 66 goals for club and country since moving to Bayern Munich in 2009 – 14 fewer than Leo has netted this year.

62 – In the time it has taken Messi to net 80 goals, Malaga have scored just 62 times – despite finishing fourth in La Liga last season and qualifying for this term’s Champions League second round already.

59 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals for club and country in 2012. He is some way short of his fiercest rival.

54 – So too is Neymar.

13 – Messi ended as Pichichi in La Liga last season, with 50 goals, outscoring every team outside the top six apart from Rayo Vallecano (53). Osasuna, Mallorca, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Getafe, Real Sociedad, Betis, Espanyol, Zaragoza, Granada, Villarreal, Sporting Gijon and Racing Santander all managed fewer goals than the Argentine.

12 – Juventus’ two top scorers in 2012, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella, have netted just 12 apiece in all competitions since the beginning of January.

2 – Alexandre Pato’s club goals in 2012. He has none in Serie A during that time.

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