Lionel Messi sends Gerd Mueller signed shirt after breaking goal record

Barcelona forward broke 40-year-old mark of 85 goals in a calender year

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Lionel Messi sent a signed shirt to Gerd Mueller after the Barcelona forward broke the German's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calender year.

Messi, who this week won the Fifa Ballon d'Or for a record fourth year in a row, went on to score an incredible 91 goals before the year was over.

The shirt, with Messi's name and the number 10 in it, had the message: "For Gerd Mueller, my respect and admiration, a hug," written on it.

Messi broke the former Bayern Munich player's record with a brace against Real Betis in December.