Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said that breaking Pele's record for goals scored in a single calendar year matters little to him compared to helping his team to collective success.
The Argentine netted his 72nd and 73rd strikes of 2012 against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, bringing him within touching distance of the Brazilian and Gerd Muller's historic tallies of 75 and 85 goals, respectively.
"Breaking Pele's record is the least I'm worried about," he told reporters. "We won at a difficult ground, and that was the most important thing."
The 25-year-old will be collecting his Golden Boot on Monday, after he finished last season as top scorer in Europe: "I want to thank my teammates, without them I wouldn't have been able to win the prize."
Another Blaugrana player to get his name on the scoresheet, Cesc Fabregas, believes his team's 5-0 mauling of Rayo was their finest display of the season.
"This was the best game of the season," he commented. "We are really happy with the excellent work we produced tonight in an intense encounter.
"We played really well in the second half. We knew we were going to suffer in front of the Rayo supporters, but it was a real party after our second goal, when we imposed ourselves."
Forward David Villa continued his comeback from a broken leg by opening the scoring with a well-taken strike, and was quick to announce his gratitude at getting the opportunity to play.
"I'm really happy to play 60, 65 minutes, get those under my belt and to have helped with a goal - that's important for a striker."
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