Messi’s gift caps off top award
Argentine striker Lionel Messi capped off a great start to 2013 by sending his number ten shirt to Gerd Mueller.
Messi, winner of the Golden Ball award for an unpre-cedented fourth year, sent the gift after breaking the German’s 40-year record of 85 goals in a calendar year.
The shirt came with a special message, with Messi writing: “For Gerd Mueller, my respect and admiration, a hug,” written on it.
Messi beat his Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta, who is Spanish, and Real Madrid’s Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who won in 2008.
He left behind records of players like the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten and midfielder Michel Platini, three times winners of the Golden Ball, after being recognised for his relentless progression.
He became the top scorer in official matches in the history of the Catalan club (233 goals on March 20, 2012) and broke the record for goals scored in a season in the Champions League (14). In addition, Messi closed 2012 with a new record, the most goals in a calendar year. He left behind the 85 scored by ‘Torpedo’ Müller in 1972 with his incredible tally of 91 goals.
Bookies are already taking odds for Messi winning the Golden Ball award for the next five years in a row. Who would bet against it!