But, where Lionel Messi differs from many of his contenders for goal scoring exploits is that he has also assisted no less than 22 goals in 2012.
Gerd Muller, who Messi pushed into second spot for the record, was simply a goal poacher par excellence. The 1974 German World Cup winner was a terrific scorer but rarely provided the final pass.
Lionel Messi though is an all round footballer. Arguably the best ever. And the video below shows his all-round qualities.
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