Along with England's Vivian Woodward (who accomplished the feat in the early 1900s), Messi is the only player to have scored 25 goals in a calendar year during international competition with both his club and his country. Given the number of international competitions played now, it speaks volumes about Messi's ability on the big stage that he has been able to separate himself from the numerous stars who also feature for both their teams. It seems that the only threat to the record may in fact be Messi himself.
He shares the record for most international goals scored in a calendar year.
Originally published on Complex