Brazilian football club Flamengo has contended that its former player Zico holds the record for goal-scoring in a calendar year, despite Barcelona’s Lionel Messi being credited with the accolade last week.

Zico, scored 89 goals in the 1979 season, according to Flamengo.

The midfielder scored 81 goals for the Rio-based club, seven with Brazil and one in a friendly, Lance newspaper reported.

Barca’s Messi was credited with the new record after going better than German legend Gerd Mueller’s previous reported best of 85 goals in 1972“Messi has not bettered the record,” said Bruno Lucena, a club historian. — AFP

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