Ballon d’Or: 2012 – The year Lionel Messi broke football

Lionel Messi has rewritten history and redefined standards throughout his extraordinary career, but his personal accomplishments in 2012 were absolutely remarkable – even for him.

Messi has won more in other seasons. For example, the 2011/12 season was one of the few 2010s that Barcelona are not won La Liga, while he won the Champions League in 2011 and 2015 but not in 2012 – the Catalans were beaten by weaker side Chelsea in the semi-finals.

There were also no tournaments with Argentina that year, while his only team title was the Copa del Rey with Barça. But on a personal level, no one has ever been or will ever match what Messi has done.

He scored 91 goals in the calendar year… ninety-one! 79 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina.

In 2017, Harry Kane was lauded for scoring 56 goals for club and country in 12 months. That in itself is an absurd feat for a goalscorer at the pinnacle of power, but still nowhere near Messi. Ballon d’Or: 2012 – The year Lionel Messi broke football

James Brien

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