The Argentine is now looking to break Gerd Muller's record tally of 85 goals over a 12-month period after scoring twice against Mallorca on Sunday.
The Brazilian icon, who accomplished his feat in 1958, was in second place behind Gerd Muller, who scored a total of 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in just 60 games in 1972. The 25-year-old Argentine is now only chasing down the legendary forward thanks to a double against Mallorca on Sunday that gives him 76 goals in 59 appearances.
His first came on the stroke of halftime in fortuitous style, squeezing a shot under Dudu Aouate to make it 2-0 to the Blaugrana. After the break, Barca faced a comeback effort from Mallorca, but Messi was there to make it 4-2 in fantastic fashion, combining well with Alexis, before scoring a stunning goal.
Barcelona has nine more appearances in 2012 during which Messi can catch or pass Muller's record. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner is in the running to land the prestigious award for a fourth consecutive year in Janaury.