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FIFA Steers Clear of Goal-record Controversy

Dec 14, 2012
soccer

Football's governing body FIFA said on Friday that they would not get involved in a controversy that has erupted around Lionel Messi's goal scoring record.

The Barcelona striker scored his 85th and 86th goal of the year in his club's 2-1 win at Real Betis, breaking the record of 85 goals held previously by Germany's Gerd Mueller.

The Zambian football federation however, said that Godfrey Chitalu scored 107 goals in 1972.

FIFA spokesman Alex Stone told the BBC that as they did not keep domestic records, it was not an official FIFA record.

"We don't have a database which details every football game played in every country from around the world since day one of their formation."

He said that the organization did not recognize Messi - or anybody else for that matter - as holding the record. "It's a record where someone in the media obviously collected statistics from somewhere and noticed Messi was about to pass that record."



Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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