But, let down by key players, the... Ryan Giggs is arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at his £1.7million mansion after police... Rio Ferdinand urges Manchester United captain Harry Maguire to 'get a hold of' his team-mates after limp... 'Thank you but no thank you. The two sides met in a pivotal encounter in April 2012. The stadium held its breath. However, with modern defences becoming much better, winners of the Golden Boot- which is the award for the top goalscorer of a World Cup- typically get no more than 6 or 7 goals per tournament, which pales in comparison to Just Fontaine's record of 13 goals. Messi's flash outfit showed off his new found confidence, Messi and Ronaldo had some epic battles in 2012, Messi missed a crucial penalty against Chelsea, Messi and Guardiola had their ups and downs. City rivals Espanyol had come for a league fixture, and Messi was in the mood for some bullying. The 20-year-old Tello bungled the couple of chances that came his way and was substituted for Fabregas late in the second half. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. "I believe that the hug with Guardiola doesn't have a rival," Martin says. I don't feel any love from that man': Deontay Wilder REJECTS Floyd Mayweather's... 'I wouldn't even hire Koeman as the kit man! Against teams that line up with, say, a 4-4-2 system, the Argentina international has an innate ability to show up in space between the opposition's two banks of defence—between their four midfielders and four defenders. And now, he's turned his attention to Messi's incredible year.

According to Guillem Balague's biography Messi, the Real Madrid players noticed Messi played within himself during the game, as if he were nursing a muscle injury. And the artwork itself is available to purchase as a poster, featuring all 91 goals.

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While it’s not quite up to Muller’s average of 1.417 (85 goals in 60 matches) back in ’72, well, it ain’t half bad. It is Martin's favourite memory of 2012—the year of Messi. The then-Real boss urged them to kick and physically intimidate him, but this proved counterproductive—it only fired up Messi to play better. Dutt instructed his players to press all 11 of Barcelona's players, including goalkeeper Victor Valdes in an attempt to cut Messi off at the source.

The year 2012 marked Lionel Messi's greatest year so far as he demolished defences across Europe with his scintillating goalscoring exploits. "It was a final coronation of a unique project. Extraordinary rearguard action by the Chelsea defence kept Barcelona at bay in the second half. Both teams wore T-shirts which carried messages of support for the manager, who will undergo chemotherapy in upcoming weeks. Real Madrid prevailed, winning 2-1. Unstoppable: Lionel Messi (left) scored the 91st goal of his record-breaking season, Bang: Messi smashes in Barcelona's second goal as they extended their La Liga lead.

He was running over the pitch or not running that much for 85 minutes, like a small, sad kid. Robin Dutt, Bayer Leverkusen's coach for the Champions League ties in 2012, says it was almost impossible to defend against him because he was surrounded by such good team-mates. "It was a bitter pill to swallow that provoked a despondency among Messi and his team-mates," says Ramiro Martin, author of Messi: Un Genio en la Escuela del Futbol. The Argentinian sulked. "Messi is a very intelligent player," he says. "It was easier for him on the first team because the players around him could understand what he was going to do. While the concept of football is simple, there are many stats and rules which allow for many records to be had in the game. The math is easy enough; that’s an average of 1.319 goals per game. It's not like, say, Old Trafford. Messi and his team-mates were visited by further turmoil in December of that year, when Guardiola's successor, Tito Vilanova—who had coached Messi at La Masia, Barcelona's youth academy—had a relapse of throat cancer. What is Ronaldo doing there? The world-record 91 goals scored by Leo Messi for club and country in 2012. A goal every 68 minutes.

"Or when you see Sami Khedira on the pitch, you think, 'Oh, he's really self-confident. "It is really special when you see him play, scoring goals where he slaloms through your defence," Lamah says. Since modern managers tend to have shorter managerial careers due to the new-found stresses of the job, it is unlikely that any manager will come close to beating Sir Alex Ferguson's record in the future. While his 12 goals in nine matches seem almost pedestrian by comparison, he did manage to double his previous yearly best of six goals for his country back in 2007. It's a surprise for him. For more information access our Cookies Policy available through the “MORE INFORMATION” button. Messi didn’t exactly disappoint for Argentina either. While the concept of football is simple, there are many stats and rules which allow for many records to be had in the game. However, some records in football are so outlandish that they may even stand the test of time.

But if you try to defend just his left foot, he'll turn on to his right foot, and he can dribble you and eventually switch back to his left foot. He has positive body language. The point is, these numbers are hard to fathom. The tables turned, however, during the April 2012 league match. Los Blancos centre-back Pepe had become despised nationally after he stamped on Messi's hand as the Argentinian lay on the Santiago Bernabeu turf during a Clasico in January 2012. However, Ferguson is most well-known for his 26-season tenure as Manchester United's manager, from 1986 to 2013. Modern football was first developed almost 200 years ago- in the early 1840s.

Messi won four Ballon d'Or awards in a row. Players such as Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta were on the same wavelength.

Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. A win at the Camp Nou for Barca could be decisive. He couldn't figure out how to beat them.

Of course you know he wants to go on to his left foot. For 90 minutes, Barca laid siege to the Blues' goal. "For this reason, Real Madrid won the league," Torres says. That adds up to a tally of 91 goals in a single calendar year in 69 official appearances for the then 25-year-old Lionel Messi. They don't even know which player they will be marking in the next game. Additionally, Ronaldo's 8 goals scored at the 2002 World Cup is the closest anyone has ever gotten to topping Fontaine's record in 50 years. Barca coach Vilanova discharged from hospital after cancer... Retire? Or they have bracelets or chains, a star look. As such, the Argentine surpassed Gerd Müller's record of 85 goals from 1972.

He would have felt sicker had he not played. "We all knew he'd be a great player," Damia says. With the help of the spectacular trio, Los Blancos went on to win five consecutive European Cup titles in a row. More than half (59 percent) of his goals were scored after halftime, and the quarter-hour he scored most in was between the 76th and 90th minutes.

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