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Messi sends shirt to Mueller after breaking German legend's record

Published on Jan 9, 2013 10:02 PM
 
FIFA Ballon d'Or award winner Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds the trophy during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on Jan 7, 2013. Messi has sent a signed shirt to Gerd Mueller after the Argentina forward broke the former Germany striker's record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year in 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi has sent a signed shirt to Gerd Mueller after the Argentina forward broke the former Germany striker's record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year in 2012.

"For Gerd Mueller, my respect and admiration, a hug," Messi wrote on the shirt, which had his name and number 10 on the back.

Messi finished last year with 91 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, six more than Mueller netted for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

The 25-year-old Argentinian, known as "the flea" while Mueller's nickname was "torpedo", collected an unprecedented fourth Fifa Ballon d'Or - or world player of the year award - on Monday.