Lionel Messi scored a couple of goals in the recently played La Liga match between Barcelona and Mallorca and with those two goals; he broke Pele’s record of 75 goals in a calendar year. Messi has scored a total of 76 goals in 2012 now and he is only nine goals behind the world record of 85 goals set up by Gerd Muller in 1985. Muller did that in only 60 games, while, Messi has played 59 games in 2012 so far.
The match between Barcelona and Mallorca was played at Iberostar Estadi on Sunday. That was Barcelona’s 11th match in the league and the La Liga leaders continued their great form in the ongoing league. Barcelona won its 10th match in the league and remained at the no. 1 position in the points table. Barcelona currently has 31 points and it is 3 points ahead of Atletico Madrid which is at no. 2 in the points table.
The manager of Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, made a lot of changes to the XI that had started the previous match against Celtic. Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were brought back into the starting XI. Barcelona started a bit slowly, but, as the game went on, Tito Vilanova’s team gathered speed. Xavi, Messi and Tello scored the goals for Barcelona in the first half and at the half time break; Mallorca was trailed by 0-3.
But, in the second half, the Mallorca team came back and scored a couple of goals in the first 15 minutes to reduce the lead to 3-2. Messi scored its second goal in the match in the 70th minute which brought Mallorca under huge pressure. That was Messi’s 15th goal in the ongoing La Liga. There were no more goals scored in the match after that and Barcelona walked away with three points.
Barcelona will play its next match against Real Zaragoza on 17th of November at Estadio Camp Nou.