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Messi Emerging as Soccer's Great One

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Barring illness or sudden injury, Lionel Messi will break the Spanish record for most goals in a single season. The Barcelona forward notched two in Saturday's 3-1 win over Almeria, bringing his total to 47 in all competitions. That equals the mark set by the legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskas in 1960, matched by the original Ronaldo in 1997 and Messi himself last year. Given that he is averaging more than a goal a game and—depending on whether his club reaches the Champions League final—that he has between nine and 12 matches left, it appears a certainty he will make history this season.

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