Previous
Leicester City
Manchester United
5
3
FT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
0
1
FT
Game Details
Everton
Crystal Palace
2
3
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Chelsea
1
1
FT
Game Details
Levante
Barcelona
0
5
FT
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Bayer Leverkusen
4
1
FT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Chivas USA
3
0
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Manchester United
5
3
FT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
0
1
FT
Game Details
Everton
Crystal Palace
2
3
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Chelsea
1
1
FT
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Almeria
1
2
FT
Game Details
Villarreal
Rayo Vallecano
4
2
FT
Game Details
Cordoba
Sevilla FC
1
3
FT
Game Details
Levante
Barcelona
0
5
FT
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Bayer Leverkusen
4
1
FT
Game Details
FC Cologne
Borussia Monchengladbach
0
0
FT
Game Details
Chievo Verona
Parma
2
3
FT
Game Details
AS Roma
Cagliari
2
0
FT
Game Details
Genoa
Lazio
1
0
FT
Game Details
Sassuolo
Sampdoria
0
0
FT
Game Details
Atalanta
Fiorentina
0
1
FT
Game Details
Udinese
Napoli
1
0
FT
Game Details
Palermo
Internazionale
1
1
FT
Game Details
Torino
Hellas Verona
0
1
FT
Game Details
Lille
Montpellier
0
0
FT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Guingamp
1
0
FT
Game Details
Lens
St Etienne
0
1
FT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Lyon
1
1
FT
Game Details
Dundee
Dundee United
1
4
FT
Game Details
Celtic
Motherwell
1
1
FT
Game Details
Osasuna
Mallorca
6
4
FT
Game Details
Girona
Real Betis
1
3
FT
Game Details
Leganes
Racing Santander
2
2
FT
Game Details
Real Valladolid
Tenerife
2
1
FT
Game Details
Albacete
Numancia
0
1
FT
Game Details
FC Union Berlin
RB Leipzig
2
1
FT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Heidenheimer SB
3
2
FT
Game Details
Karlsruhe
Nurnberg
3
0
FT
Game Details
SC Heracles Almelo
Twente Enschede
1
4
FT
Game Details
AZ Alkmaar
PEC Zwolle
1
0
FT
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Ajax Amsterdam
0
1
FT
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Cambuur Leeuwarden
4
0
FT
Game Details
FC Utrecht
FC Groningen
1
0
FT
Game Details
Belenenses
Maritimo
1
0
FT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Arouca
1
2
FT
Game Details
Benfica
Moreirense
3
1
FT
Game Details
Gil Vicente
Sporting Lisbon
0
4
FT
Game Details
FC Porto
Boavista
0
0
FT
Game Details
CSKA Moscow
Lokomotiv Moscow
1
0
FT
Game Details
Kasimpasa
Karabukspor
2
1
FT
Game Details
Sivasspor
Konyaspor
0
0
FT
Game Details
Eskisehirspor K
Genclerbirligi
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Fenerbahce
Gaziantepspor
1
0
FT
Game Details
Asteras Tripoli
Kalloni AEL
1
0
FT
Game Details
Kerkyra
Giannina
2
0
FT
Game Details
Niki Volos
Ergotelis
1
4
FT
Game Details
Panthrakikos
Panionios
1
0
FT
Game Details
Platanias
Panathinaikos
2
3
FT
Game Details
Waasland-Beveren
Standard Liege
0
2
FT
Game Details
Club Brugge
KV Kortrijk
5
0
FT
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
KV Mechelen
3
2
FT
Game Details
SV Salzburg
Austria Vienna
2
3
FT
Game Details
Odense BK
Sonderjyske
1
1
FT
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
Brøndby
1
0
FT
Game Details
FC Nordsjaelland
FC Midtjylland
2
1
FT
Game Details
AIK
Halmstad
0
1
FT
Game Details
Kalmar FF
Djurgarden
0
4
FT
Game Details
Mjallby
Elfsborg
1
0
FT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Helsingborg
1
1
FT
Game Details
IFK
Gefle IF
Postp
Game Details
Viking FK
IK Start
0
1
FT
Game Details
SK Brann
Sandnes Ulf
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Aalesund
Stabaek
3
0
FT
Game Details
Lillestrom
Odd Grenland
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sarpsborg FK
Sogndal
3
1
FT
Game Details
Haugesund
Rosenborg
2
1
FT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Chivas USA
3
0
FT
Game Details
Toluca
Monterrey
1
0
FT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Queretaro
1
4
FT
Game Details
FC Edmonton
Tampa Bay Rowdies
1
0
FT
Game Details
Rosario Central
Arsenal de Sarandí
3
1
FT
Game Details
Banfield
Boca Juniors
1
1
FT
Game Details
River Plate
Independiente
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Boca Unidos
Aldosivi
1
0
FT
Game Details
All Boys
Temperley
0
0
FT
Game Details
Crucero del Norte
Sarmiento de Junín
0
0
FT
Game Details
Atlético Tucumán
Sp. Belgrano
3
0
LIVE 61'
Game Details
Instituto de Córdoba
Nueva Chicago
0
2
LIVE 60'
Game Details
Corinthians
São Paulo
3
2
FT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Atlético MG
2
3
FT
Game Details
EC Vitória
Bahia
2
1
FT
Game Details
Flamengo
Fluminense FC
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sport
Coritiba FBC
1
0
FT
Game Details
Goiás EC
Palmeiras
6
0
FT
Game Details
Gremio
Chapecoense AF
1
0
FT
Game Details
Santos FC
Figueirense FC
3
1
FT
Game Details
Racing (U)
Tacuarembó FC
1
0
FT
Game Details
Danubio F.C.
Rentistas
0
3
FT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Juventud
2
0
FT
Game Details
Wanderers
Rampla Juniors
0
1
FT
Game Details
Atenas
Nacional
0
0
FT
Game Details
Alianza Petrolera
Aguilas Doradas
1
0
FT
Game Details
Envigado
Independiente Santa Fe
2
2
FT
Game Details
Uniautonoma
Atlético Nacional
0
3
FT
Game Details
Deportivo Cali
Fortaleza CE
0
0
LIVE 1'
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Inti Gas Deportes
0
0
FT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
Melgar
0
3
FT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
San Martin
2
1
FT
Game Details
Rubio Ñú
Olimpia
0
2
FT
Game Details
Sol de América
Nacional
1
0
FT
Game Details
Libertad
12 de Octubre
10:45 PM GMT
Game Details
El Nacional
Liga de Loja
1
1
FT
Game Details
Olmedo
LDU Quito
1
1
FT
Game Details
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Barcelona
0
2
FT
Game Details
Emelec
Mushuc Runa
0
0
FT
Game Details
Llaneros
Carabobo
0
0
FT
Game Details
Atlético Venezuela
Deportivo Petare
0
0
FT
Game Details
Portuguesa
Deportivo Anzoategui
0
0
FT
Game Details
Trujillanos
Estudiantes de Mérida
0
0
FT
Game Details
Aragua
Zamora
0
0
FT
Game Details
Deportivo Táchira
Tucanes
0
0
FT
Game Details
Mineros
Deportivo La Guaira
0
0
FT
Game Details
Sport Boys Warnes
Bolívar
0
0
FT
Game Details
Universitario de Pando
San José
0
0
FT
Game Details
Real Potosí
Wilstermann
0
0
FT
Game Details
Oriente Petrolero
Nacional Potosí
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Manchester CityManchester City
ChelseaChelsea
1
1
FT
Game Details
Dec 10, 2012

Press purr over Messi achievement

Lionel Messi's two goals against Real Betis on Sunday, which saw him overtake Gerd Muller's record for goals in a calendar year, left Catalan and Spanish editors and journalists struggling for the superlatives yet again.

• Marcotti on Messi
• Tito: Messi about more than goals
• Hunter: Messi's drive
• Tyler: The record in context

Messi's double saw him ease past Muller's mark of 85 set back in 1972, and brought out the creative side in many local football writers.

The editors at Calatan daily Mundo Deportivo went for a simple option - with its cover featuring the number '86!' plastered huge over a photo of a celebrating Messi. Its match report was headlined 'Legendary Victory', with Francesc Aguilar claiming that the Barca No. 10 was both a Greek God and a visitor from outer space at the same time.

"Leo Messi did not wait to enter into history," wrote Aguilar. "He scored twice to overtake Gerd Muller's record, to make his legend even greater, to put himself on the Mount Olympus of football aged 25, with a whole career still in front of him. FIFA would have done well to give him his fourth Ballon d'Or tonight and not wait until January 7. He is an extraterrestrial, there is no doubt."

The cover of Barcelona-based Sport was headlined 'How Great! - The Record and Three Golden Points' and also said 'Missile Messi - He leaves Torpedo Muller behind with 86 goals in one year'. Inside pundit Josep Maria Casanovas alluded to skeptics who have wondered whether the calendar year total is really that important and thanked his lucky stars to be watching football while Messi was playing.

"A Messianic Record," Casanovas punned. "What happened yesterday in Sevilla will pass into the history of world football. It is not just one more record, it is a mark which has lasted 40 years and we dare to suggest that it will be very difficult to surpass in the future. We are very lucky that we will always be able to tell that we lived through this marvellous year in which Messi scored 86 goals. It is an explosion, a spectacle, a marvel to see the best player in the world in action."

The Madrid-supporting media were not quite as overwhelmed. AS decided not to lead with Messi's achievement, instead highlighting Radamel Falcao's five goal haul in Atletico Madrid's 6-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna on its cover, finding space for just a small photo of a smiling Messi. Inside the paper, Santi Gimenez's match report remembered that the player himself thought his chance of the record had gone when he collided with Benfica keeper Artur last Wednesday.

"Three days ago the Argentine was sure that the shot which Artur saved was the last he would take in a long time," Gimenez wrote. "He believed he was crocked. But it was nothing. The very next ball he touched after the scare went to the net. And the second too. Historical goals."

Marca decided to put both South American record breakers on its cover with a headline of 'Fury Unleashed', and a sub-heading of 'Messi overtakes the 'unbreakable' record of Muller: 85 goals in a year'. Inside the Barca-Betis match report was headlined "Messi torpedoes history", while there was also an acknowledgement that their favourite Cristiano Ronaldo was likely to be disappointed when the 2012 Ballon d'Or votes are counted.

The sports sections of the regular press were also full of Messi-mania. El Pais' match report claimed 'Messi crowns himself in Villamarin', with reporter Luis Martin writing that "Barcelona, hooked on the romance between Messi and the goal, are picking up three points in this league with such ease that the Argentine scoffs at all records. La Pulga ('The Flea') annihilated the mark of Gerd Muller and left it clear that as well as being a genius, he is an incomparable goalscorer, the best".

David Ruiz Marull of Catalan paper La Vanguardia wrote in his report that the most amazing thing about Messi's achievement was that nobody was really surprised he had done it - and with three games still left to play in 2012.

"Nothing is impossible for geniuses," Ruiz Marull said. "There are no insurmountable barriers, no unachievable goals. They are the ones who make the rules, for they are the gifted ones... Nothing Messi does is even a surprise any more."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.