FIFA can't verify Lionel Messi record claims

Dec 15, 2012, 09:01 IST | Agencies

 “Thanks for the questions about Godfrey Chitalu. Our official stats are limited to FIFA competitions, so we cannot verify this ‘record’,” FIFA’s communications department said on its Twitter account @fifamedia.

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“We keep records for all FIFA competitions,” it added. Claims emerged on Thursday that Messi is short of Zambia legend Chitalu, who netted 107 times — 49 in league matches for Kabwe Warriors and 58 in cup and internationals — between January 23 and December 10, 1972.

Meanwhile, Guinness World Records has recognised FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for setting a new mark for most goals in a calendar year.

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