Muller and Messi's Golden Years: A graphical representation

The Flea jumps over the Bomber: Leo Messi has overtaken Gerd Muller's record for goals in a calendar year. We looked into the two remarkable years and found some eyebrow-raising statistics – like how Messi scores more doubles than singles, but Muller bagged more hat-tricks; how Muller was better in spring and Messi in autumn; and why international teams feared them...

UPDATE, Sunday 16 December: Yet another double for Messi means we've tweaked the stats once more. We'll be needing a new set of crayons for Christmas.

Research by Andrew Murray with Joshua Smith and Will Taylor

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