2012's Best Moments In Latino Sports

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3. Messi Breaks Goal Record

Argentine footballer Lionel “El Mejor Del Mundo” Messi continues his incredible streak at being more-human-than-human by breaking the FIFA record of most goals scored in a calendar year. Messi, currently at 88 goals as of this writing and probably at a million by the time you read this, tied and then broke the 40 year-old record held by German footballer Gehrard “Gerd” Muller (85 goals in 1972) during a game between his team FC Barcelona against Real Betis on Dec. 9th (a feat I recreated in FIFA 13, hell yeah!).

There’s an interesting footnote to this story: members of the Zambian Football Association claim that African player Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu is the world’s leading scorer with a record 107 goals in 1972. The number was never recognized for, as yet, unknown reasons. Many question the timing of the announcement.

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4. Marquez Finally Knocks Out Pacquiao

Fourth time was the charm for Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez as he finally stood victorious over popular Philippine boxer Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao (can we call him El Hombre Pac?) with a huge, earth-shattering, right-hand punch dead on the nose in the last second of the sixth round. The duo’s first meeting eight years ago ended in a draw while fights two (2008) and three (2011) were awarded to Señor Pac though not without LOADS of controversy.

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