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Messi passes Pele's goals in 1 year as Barca wins

Updated: November 11, 2012, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi surpassed Pele's milestone of goals in a calendar year, scoring for the 75th and 76th time in 2012 to lead Barcelona to a 4-2 victory at Mallorca in the Spanish league Sunday. Messi is within nine goals of Gerd Mueller's career record.

Xavi Hernandez unlocked Mallorca's defense with a free kick in the 28th minute before Messi struck in the 44th. Cristian Tello added a third goal a minute later at Iberostar stadium.

After Mallorca netted twice early ...

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