Zambia challenge Messi’s goalscoring record; claim Chitalu scored more

Lionel Messi‘s newly established record for the highest number of goals in a calendar year, that the Argentine took off Gerd Muller this week, is to face a challenge from the Zambian Football Association who claim their own Godfrey Chitalu once scored more.

Lionel Messi and Godfrey Chitalu

Lionel Messi and Godfrey Chitalu

Messi scored twice in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend, taking him to 86 goals in 2012, beyond the previous record held by Muller.

However, the Zambia FA are to bring forward evidence they claim proves Kabwe Warriors striker Chitalu scored 107 goals back in 1972.

“We have this record, which has been recorded in Zambian football, but unfortunately it has not been recorded in world football,” a Zambia FA spokesperson told Soccer Laduma.

“Even as the world has been looking at Lionel Messi’s record, breaking Gerd Müller’s, the debate and discussion back here has been why Godfrey’s goals are not being recognised.

“What we are doing is, we have commissioned an independent team locally to go back into the archives and record minute-by-minute each of those goals. The team that we have put together is going to calculate all of those goals, recording whichever game or tournament they were scored in.


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