Date: 1959
Set By: Pele

There was a lot of fanfare last year when Lionel Messi scored 91 goals in the calendar year. He was (rightly) celebrated for an extraordinary accomplishment that was the product of incredible skill, perfect health, and a whole mess of matches in which to play. And after all that, he was still 40 percent short of the goals he needed to break Pele's record. While FIFA refuses to officially acknowledge any of the records, on their own website they offer that Pele did indeed score the 127 he claims he did. That's good enough for us.