november 26, 2012 • 06:08 PM • updated in December 09, 2012 to 04:41 PM
The top goal scorers in a single year
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As everyone knows, Lionel Messi has surpassed one of the great records of all time, a mark few soccer fans ever thought would be broken: He has set the all-time record for goals in a single calendar year. But who are the men Messi surpassed on the way to the top? With the various leagues around the world -- and the sometimes shoddy scorekeeping that attends them -- that list has been hard to compile. But after hours of research, here is a confirmed list of the most prolific goal scorers in a single year.