Just last year Lionel Messi broke the record of most number of goals scored in a single year, and the record he broke was of Gerd Muller of Germany. So lets take a look at the Top Ten Goal Scorers of in a Single calender year.
#1. Lionel Messi – 90 Goals
[ Year - 2012 ]
Teams: Barcelona Argentina
Lione Messi has been on top of his game in the last few years and he was at his brilliant best when it comes to goals in 2012 year with his Barcelona club side and Argentina the National football side.
Messi scored 86 goals in 66 matches in 2012, which included 56 in La Liga and won the pichichi award, 3 in seven matches in Coa Del Rey and top scorer in Champions League with 13 Goals to his name.
#2. Gerd Muller – 85
Teams – Bayern Munich & Argentina
German legen Gerd Muller was the best box finisher in the world in early 1970′s and his finishing, awarness in the box was 2nd to none and he bagged a record breaking year in 1972 with 85 goals in Bayern munich and German shirt.
Gerd Muller scored 42 goals for Bayern Munich with 34 games while he packed 30 in cup games while scored 13 goals in 7 matches for West Germany
#3. Godfrey Chitalu – 81 Goals
[ Year 1968 ]
Teams: Kitwe United and Zambia
African based player, not much of a star in rest of the world but when it comes to scoring goals in a single calender year he comes 3rd on official FIFA list with 81 goals to his name back in 1968. Playing For Zambia international team and Kitwe United.
#4. Pele – 75 goals
Year – 1958
Teams – Santos and Brazil
The greatest player of all times ? well thats what he like to call himself, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil and in 1958 he went on scoring spree with his native Santos and Brazil scoring 75 goals in in 1 year. Which at that time was the record for most goals in 1 year.
#5. Ferenc Deak – 66 goals
Teams: Szentlorinci and Hungary
Again not much of a known player worldwide, but Ferenc Deak was a kye playe for Hungarian National side back in 1940′s and he scored 66 goals in 1946 playing for his club Szentlorinci and successfull Hungary side.
#6. Romario – 65 goals
Year – 2000
Teams: Vasco da Gama and Brazil
Another Brazilian legen who claims he has scored most goals in the world, Romario scored 65 goals for Vasco Da Gama and Brazil back in 2000, He played for FC Barcelona as well in the early 1990′s
#7. Henk Groot – 64 goals
Teams: Ajax and the Netherlands
Henk Groot is a dutch legen and a goal scoring mechine who had two stints with Ajax and in 1961 he went on a superb season scoring 64 goals in all competitions playing for Ajax Amaster Day and Holland
#8. Dixie Dean – 63 goals
Year – 1927
Teams: Everton and England
English striker Dixie Dean is well know for his goal scoring exploits, he played for Everton and England and in 1927 according to official everton sources he went on to score 63 goals for club and country, he also bagged 5 goals in 1 game again Manchester United.
#9. Cristiano Ronaldo – 61 goals
Teams – Real Madrid and Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo 2012 season was as good as you can get, but was over shadowd by Lionel Messi. Ronaldo scored 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal in 2012. His imprtant goals were in Euro Championship for Portugal.
#10. Josef Bican – 57 goals
Year – 1943
Teams: Slavia Prague and Austria/Czechoslovakia
Again more of a unknown but made it to the record books with his prolific season back in 1943 with 57 goals coming for his club side Slavia Prague and national side Austria.