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Messi named World Goal Getter 2012 ahead of Neymar and Ronaldo

January 02, 2013


Leo Messi has been named as World Goal Getter 2012 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), which rewards the player who scored most goals between 1st January and 31st December in internationals, in the Olympic Games and in continental and intercontinental club matches.

Messi, who was the winner in 2011, claims the distinction again with his 25 goals (12 with Argentina and 13 in club international matches). His tally equals the record set in 1909 by the Englishman Vivian John Westwood, an ex-Tottenham and Chelsea player, who scored 25 in 10 matches with his country.

Neymar made the most of his presence at the Olympic Games in London, where he scored three goals. He finished second in the ranking, with more goals for his country than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese managed, along with Messi the biggest total of club international goals. Radamel Falcao, who suffered the disadvantage of not being played by Atl├ętico Madrid in the Europa League in the last three months of the year, finished fifth.

At 25 years of age, Lionel Messi is the first player in the 21st century to achieve the double of World Goalgetter and World's Best Top Dvision Goal Scorer in the same year. The first person to do that was England's Stephen Bloomer, in 1896. The well-known Derby County player repeated this double in 1897 and 1901.

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Source: AS

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