Messi has long been a world-class football star and the talisman of FC Barcelona but he surpassed even that to attain a record that stood since 1972. Gerd Muller is a German and Bayern Munich legend but he graciously bowed out to the Argentine.
I have my own views on Messi, FC Barcelona, and La Liga but you have to give credit where credit is due. I think 86 goals in a calendar year (with a few games left to play) falls under that category. Lionel Messi plays a false 9 role at Barca and has established himself as the legend and definition of that role. Messi's goal record is the gigantic wealth of evidence that that particular tactical system can work and thrive.
Regardless of the Zambia FA's objection to the record (where was it all this time that Muller's record was used?), everyone should take note of a historical year for Mr. Messi. Take a bow, Lionel, and try not to score in the process.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Messi scored twice more today to make it 88 goals. Looks like he plans to make his record almost untouchable.