Messi passes Pele's goal milestone

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    • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona beat Mallorca 4-2 on Sunday
    • Argentine forward moves past Pele's landmark 75 goals in a calendar year
    • He now has nine more matches to beat the record set by Gerd Muller in 1972
    • Messi's rival Cristiano Ronaldo suffers eye injury in Real Madrid victory
    The goals just keep flowing for Lionel Messi, who on Sunday surpassed soccer legend Pele's mark of 75 in a calendar year to help Barcelona bounce back from a rare defeat.
    The Argentina star netted twice in the 4-2 win at Mallorca that kept the Catalans three points clear in Spain's La Liga, leaving him just nine short of Gerd Muller's all-time record.
    The 25-year-old, who became a first-time father earlier this month, was able to put a bit more enthusiasm into his new thumb-sucking celebration than when he scored late in the shock midweek Champions League loss to Scottish side Celtic.
    "Leo continually breaks records. His goal tally is spectacular," said Barca manager Tito Vilanova, who has yet to experience a domestic league defeat after his first 11 matches in charge, equaling the best start to a season set by Real Madrid.
    "It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he scores in one season. Also, some of his goals are absolute beauties."