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Lionel Messi's 91-Goal Year For Barcelona And Argentina Has Been 'Exposed'

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Lionel Messi's 91-Goal Year For Barcelona And Argentina Has Been 'Exposed'

A fan has attempted to "expose" Lionel Messi's ridiculous 91-goal year, branding it "overrated" and claiming he wasn't "decisive in big games".

In 2012, a 25-year-old Messi scored 79 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina in 69 games across one calendar year.

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Messi broke the previous world record of 85 goals in a calendar year set by Germany and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller 40 years prior and picked up his fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or for his stellar performance over the annum.

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He scored more goals than Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Chelsea, in addition to registering 29 assists.

But @ZISPECIALONE_ reckons Messi's 2012 wasn't all that it was cracked up to be and made a number points trying to play down the Argentine's achievements.

For starters, the user believes Messi's tally of 13 goals in 12 Champions League outings - which included a five-goal masterclass against Bayer Leverkusen, shows that Messi was being carried by Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

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They also pointed out that 78 of Messi's 91 goals were scored inside the box, which apparently means he was "a tap-in player" - while 14 penalties is deemed to be "stat-padding".

'ZI' raised question marks over the teams that Messi scored a hatful of goals against: Six against Bayer Leverkusen and four against Levante, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, Real Zaragoza, Real Betis and Espanyol.

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Then there's the statement that Messi was in "Ronaldo's shadow" because he "disappeared" in El Clasico fixtures and couldn't stop Real Madrid from winning the league under Jose Mourinho.

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In summary, the fan branded Messi's year "overrated" and said you could even argue that his Ballon d'Or win was not deserved.

Naturally, his thread has riled up a lot of people on social media, who have quite rightly dismissed it as nonsense.

The daftest take of all-time? It's certainly up there.

Topics: FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or, Argentina

Josh Lawless
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