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    Lionel Messi: Barcelona's goal machine breaks Gerd Muller's 40-year record

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    Lionel Messi of Barcelona broke the four-decade-old record of former Bayern Munich and Germany legend Gerd Muller for the most goals in a calendar year on Sunday when he netted both goals for the Catalan giants in a 2-1 win over Real Betis.

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    This was an exciting week for Lionel Messi who broke Gerd 'Der Bomber' Muller's 40-year-old record for most goals scored in a calendar year. Born in football-crazed Argentina, Messi was destined for greatness from a young age.

    As a child prodigy, Messi ran rings around the opposition. But at age 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, putting his football career in jeopardy.

    His parents couldn't afford the medicine, but Barcelona stepped in with a contract, paid for his treatment and the rest is history. Since then Messi has gone on to enjoy unparalleled success, winning every trophy available.

    All except one — the World Cup. Can Messi take his place among the world's soccer greats without that elusive World Cup?