December 23, 2012 in Sports

Messi finishes with 91

 

Lionel Messi finished his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012, helping Barcelona to a 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday night that the team dedicated to ill coach Tito Vilanova. Messi (at left in photo) finished 2012 with 79 goals for Barcelona: 59 in the Spanish league, 13 in the Champions League, five in the Copa del Rey and two in the Spanish Super Cup. He had 12 for Argentina: five in World Cup qualifiers and seven in exhibition games. Messi broke Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals for Bayern Munich and Germany. Players from both teams wore T-shirts before the game with messages of support for Vilanova, who had throat surgery Thursday for the second time in two years to remove a second tumor from a saliva gland. – Associated Press


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