Zambia claim Chitalu, not Lionel Messi, holds goal record

Zambian researchers disagree. "Godfrey Chitalu scored 49 goals in the league matches and 58 in cup and international matches between January 23 and December 10, 1972," they say.

updated: December 13, 2012 18:42 IST
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Lusaka: Zambia's Godfrey Chitalu, not Argentina's Lionel Messi nor Brazil's Zico, scored most goals in a calendar year, local football bosses claimed here on Thursday.

Barca's Messi was credited with the new record after going better than German legend Gerd Mueller's best of 85 goals in 1972 with a first-half brace that sealed his side's 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

But Zambian researchers disagree.

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