Word on the Tweet: The football world hails Lionel Messi and Kyle Walker offers a strange gift to followers

Players from around the globe pay tribute to the Argentine’s achievement of beating Gerd Muller’s goal tally for a calendar year, while Chelsea’s forgotten man makes new friends
It was a truly extraordinary weekend of football, featuring a fiery Manchester derby, two goals for Fernando Torres and Lionel Messi scoring his 86th goal of the calendar year. So it’s little wonder that players have taken to Twitter to briefly escape the furore of the beautiful game.

In today’s edition of Word on the Tweet, Tottenham’s Kyle Walker offers a strange incentive in the hope of gaining more followers, Jermain Defoe does a bit of advertising for a family member and Nottingham Forest’s Simon Cox starts a forest of his own in his living room.

Elsewhere, players pay tribute to Messi’s momentous achievement and Chelsea settle in to life in Asia. All that, and plenty more, in Monday’s Word on the Tweet

"Also tweeps want to get to that 300,000 followers and will be giving away a couple of singed boots to say thanks tweeps #300,000."

Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker (pictured, right) offers a slightly burnt pair of boots to those who help him reach 300,000 followers on Twitter. Er, cheers, Kyle… really thoughtful, mate.

"Work done for today good hard session. Ice on the foot now. Then it's time to get the Xmas trees sorted and chill on the sofa"

Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox celebrates the end of the day’s training by sorting out his multiple Christmas trees. Maybe it’s a club tradition? (Forest – geddit?)

"Follow my mum @sandrachonte can't believe she's finally on tweeter :)"

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe tries to find some followers for his dear old mother.

"I have 2 people requesting more followers beside me @adamcoombes_ and @bclifford47 , so follow my -21 friends !!!"

Chelsea’s forgotten man, Florent Malouda, reminds fans that he is still at the club playing with the Under-21s.

"amazing support here in japan for chelsea thanks to everyone who has come to see us"

Chelsea attacker Victor Moses (pictured, below) offers his thanks to Blues fans for making the trip to Japan to support their side in the Fifa Club World Cup.

"Great record by Lionel Messi. Respect!"

"With great Respect & Admiration I congratulate Leo Messi (& Gert Muller) for their amazing achievements. #MessiMuller"

Chelsea’s Marko Marin and former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy offer their respective compliments to Lionel Messi for scoring his 86th goal of the calendar year, going one ahead of Gerd Muller’s previous record.

"Gym done.. Knackered! @BBCSPOTY meeting now. You'll never guess who's won it."

TV pundit and former Everton striker Gary Lineker offers a teaser to fans ahead of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.