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Messi's Incredible All-Time Record Under Threat

In the 2011/12 campaign, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi set the world alight with his record tally of 73 goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has got anywhere close to that figure since, but the Argentine's record appears to be under threat this season.

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While the 32-year-old is used to breaking records, the 2011/12 season remains his best goalscoring campaign to date, when he scored 73 goals in 60 matches across all competitions.

With 50 LaLiga goals, 14 UEFA Champions League strikes, and another nine in other cup competitions, Messi made history with the Blaugrana, while he also finished 2012 with 91 goals for club and country – also a record.

Ronaldo's tally of 61 goals for Real Madrid in the 2014/15 campaign was the closest a player has got to Messi's tally since then, although it was Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller's previous record of 67 goals in 1972/73 the Barca forward beat.

The Portuguese, however, fell two goals short of former Everton striker Dixie Dean's tally of 63 strikes across all competitions in 1927/28.

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This season, another Bayern striker, Robert Lewandowski, is aiming to enter the history books, having already scored 27 goals since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign. The Poland international appears to be on track to beat his personal best tally of 43 goals, but is realistic to think he could reach Messi's record haul?

According to the BBC, at this stage of the 2011/12 season, the Argentine had scored 25 goals, two strikes shy of Lewandowski's currently total. With 22 matches remaining in the Bundesliga, and another 14 potential games spread across the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League, the forward could finish the season with 56 appearances.

For the former Borussia Dortmund man to equal Messi's record, he would need to score another 46 times in a possible 36 fixtures. That means he would need to score at a rate of 1.28 goals per game, which is less than his current scoring rate of 1.35 per match.

Whether or not he reaches or breaks Messi's 73-goal record, however, might not matter much to the forward or his club as long as his goals keeping inspiring the Bavarians to titles.

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Since his arrival at Bayern in 2014, Lewandowski has scored 218 goals and assisted a further 48 strikes in 262 matches.

Do you think Lewandowski can break Messi's record? Let us know in the comments section below.

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