Messi first since Mueller to net 60 goals in season

Reuters, Saturday 7 Apr 2012

Lionel Messi became the first player to score 60 goals in a season in European top-flight soccer in almost 40 years when he struck twice in Barcelona’s 4-1 win at Real Zaragoza on Saturday

Barcelona's Messi celebrates a goal against Real Zaragoza during their Spanish First division soccer league match in Zaragoza (Photo: Reuters)

The Argentine World Player of the Year put Barca 2-1 ahead with a powerful strike into the roof of the net shortly before halftime and netted from the penalty spot late on for his 38th La Liga goal of the campaign and his 60th in all competitions.

Gerd Mueller was the last player to achieve the feat when he scored 67 goals for Bayern Munich in the 1972-73 season.

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