The football world was thrilled when Messi scored his 86th goal of the year against Real Betis that saw him break Gerd Muller’s record. But was it a world record?
The Independent reports that Fifa have now refused to approve Lionel Messi’s goalscoring record due to the challenges from Brazil and Zambia.
First, the Zambian FA claimed that Kabwe Warriors striker Godfrey Chitalu had scored 107 goals in 1972. They said that they had evidence to support this claim and were currently compiling evidence.
Next came Brazilian club Flamengo, claiming that Brazilian legend Zico had scored 89 goals in 1979 during his time at the club.
Messi scored two more goals against Cordoba for a 2-0 win for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, bringing his yearly total to 88, which is just one goal short of Zico. As Barcelona have two more games remaining this year, with his current form the Argentinian can surely pass Zico, but the 107 scored by Godfrey Chitalu will probably end up being too much for Messi.