Out of Lionel Messi’s record six Ballon d’Ors, his 2012 honour definitely stands out compared to the rest in terms of individual records. In 2012, the legendary Argentine had a record-breaking goalscoring run, netting a stunning 91 goals in a calendar year (79 goals for Barcelona and 12 goals for Argentina in 69 games), along with registering 29 assists.
Messi broke Gerd Muller’s calendar year scoring record which stood for 40 years when Muller scored 85 goals for club and country in 1972. To make matters more impressive, that was 1972 Bundesliga football, and this was 2012 La Liga battles which involved a Jose Mourinho Real Madrid.
Although he failed to win either the league or the Champions League in 2012, his individual numbers were so outrageous that the Ballon d'Or couldn’t go to anybody else.