Messi accomplished 19 goals in 13 league appearances for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi is one step closer to Gerd Mueller’s record by scoring a brace in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Levante. The Spanish football giants secured a highest position in La Liga – the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system. Lionel Messi’s brace means he has now 82 goals in 2012 and is only 4 goals away from breaking Gerd Mueller’s record of 85 goals set in 1972.Messi also tops the La Liga charts for the season with 19 goals.
Barcelona’s win has increased the gap between Real Madrid by 11 points. They also broke Real Madrid’s record for the best start at the La Liga season in 1991-1992.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova does not see the league as being won so early in the season. “The league is not over, we’re only a third through and Atletico are three points behind us. There is a lot to play for. We have been 11 point ahead of Madrid before and we suffered a lot in the end,” he said.
Barcelona have six more games left in 2012 for Messi to score the 4 goals to overcome Gerd Mueller’s record and to add another record to his ever increasing list of achievements. He accomplished 19 goals in 13 league appearances for Barcelona. Messi became the highest scorer in Barcelona‘s history and also claimed the record for the most goals ever scored in a European season with 73 strikes.