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Move over Gerd: Messi now European single-season goal scoring champion

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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish League football match Barcelona vs Malaga at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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And, of course, if came via a hat trick.

Lionel Messi scored three goals today against Málaga, pushing his single-season, all-competition goal total to 68 - a new European record. His first, on 35 minutes from the spot, evened up being the game winner, and after a record-tying tally from the spot, Messi set the new standard with a nice piece of skill over Carlos Kameni.

The previous high of 67 was set by German icon Gerd Müller in 1972-73, whose 36 goals in Bundesliga play were augmented by 19 in domestic cups, seven in Europe.

Here are their breakdowns by competition (keep in mind, Messi has two more Primera matches and the Copa del Rey final):


Lionel Messi (2011-12, Barcelona)


Gerd Muller (1972-73, Bayern Munich)

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muller

CompetitionGamesGoals
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Spanish Primera Division3546
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Copa del Rey62
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Champions League1114
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Spanish Supercup23
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UEFA Super Cup11
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Club World Cup22

CompetitionGamesGoals
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German Bundesliga3336
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DFB-Pokal57
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DFB-Ligapokal512
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European Cup612

Highlights

Here’s the tape via some industrious YouTube user. The third one’s a peach. The first two Messi goals are just spot kicks:

And some Gerd Muller, featuring some thigh talk: