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Challenges The Calendar Year Scoring Challenge


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The Calendar Year Scoring Challenge

Credit to @danovic78 for creating this challenge.

On Sunday December 9th 2012, Lionel Messi broke Gerd Müller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year with his 85th and 86th goals in a win against Real Betis.

There was much praise for the Argentine star's breaking the world record. But it appears the achievement Messi owns could be a mirage.

It was reported Zambia's Football Association would contest Messi's title of the most goals scored in a calendar year. In the eyes of the Zambian FA, legendary striker Godfrey Chitalu scored 107 goals in 1972, the same year Müller set his supposed record with Bayern Munich.

In his career, Chitalu was an accomplished goal scorer. He scored one of Zambia's two goals during the 1980 Moscow Olympics and was also a leading player on the Copper Bullet national squad, which reached the 1974 African Cup of Nations final.

Chialu remained in football after his retirement and was the manager of the golden generation of Zambian footballers who passed away in the 1993 Liberville plane crash.

The claims made by the Zambian FA raised eyebrows throughout football circles, especially considering Zambia has never said anything about this supposed record over the last 40 years.

Can you settle the record by setting a brand new goal scoring target?

The Rules

  • Load up any countries you wish and take control of any club.
  • The challenge begins on 1st January and finishes on 31st December.
  • Use a striker to score as many goals during that period for club and country (Friendlies excluded)
  • Goals will only count at International Level if you are the manager.
  • Screenshots are required for proof.
  • No preferences/unlockables.
  • No uses of text changes, save editor or IGE at all.
  • No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating.
  • Own formations only.
  • SI databases only
  • No Myclub or created players


  1. @danovic78 - Wojciech Lewandowski (regen) - 178
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