Zambia’s Godfrey Chitalu Claims Global Soccer Goal Record -PM News, Lagos

Godfrey Chitalu
By PM News, Lagos

Zambia’s Godfrey Chitalu, not Argentina’s Lionel Messi nor Brazil’s Zico, scored most goals in a calendar year, local football bosses claimed in Lusaka Thursday.

Barca’s Messi was credited with the new record after going better than German legend Gerd Mueller’s best of 85 goals in 1972 with a first-half brace that sealed his side’s 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

But Zambian researchers disagree.

“Godfrey Chitalu scored 49 goals in the league matches and 58 in cup and international matches between January 23 and December 10, 1972.

“The number of goals scored during this season goes to 107,” local commentator Musonda Chibulu told AFP.
Chibulu and fellow researcher Jerry Muchimba compiled their proof from daily newspapers Times of Zambia and the Zambia Daily Mail, as well as the national archives.

The southern African nation’s football federation intend to try and get Chitalu’s tally ratified by football’s governing body.

“We are planning to take the evidence to FIFA,” association spokesman Eric Mwanza said.

Chitalu died with the whole national football team when their airplane crashed off the coast of Gabon in 1993 on the way to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal.

He was head coach at the time.

Messi’s record had already been contested on Wednesday by Brazilian club Flamengo who claimed their former player Zico scored 89 goals in the 1979 season.

Messi added to his 2012 haul on Wednesday night with a brace in Barca’s Spanish Cup win over Cordoba putting the Argentine maestro on the 88 mark.
        
 

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wow na double discrimination!!!

Now I must confess that this white people are cooking white lies. Please let them know that Pele and Chitalu remains the greatest in football goal as ever if any effort is made to measure their performances between theso called Messi. Messi is not even greater than Maradona or C7Ronaldo. If the white men want to cultivate positive mind about sports, then they should look at the Olympic Games and find out the most talented athletes/sprinters. Nothing but the Blacks!!!!.

Messi"s Record

Pele is alive and has not contested Messi's new record of 90 goals in a calendar year. As for Chitalu, it is left for ZFA to show proof of 107 goals.

Please be informed that FIFA is not giving any award for this record - It is basically a private effort by football journalist/enthusiants. The issue of white men ganing up should not arise.

It is so simple - the Zambian FA should simply show proof that the goals were all scored in FIFA regulated matches( FA cup, official friendlies, national team engagements, recognized leagues..etc).

OPINION ON THE DEBATE

I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRADULATE THE ZAMBIAN FA FOR KEEPING THIS WONDERFUL RECORD OF A MAN WHO CONTRIBUTED TREMENDOUSLY TO WORLD FOOTBAL. BY HIGHLIGHTING THE WORLD ABOUT THIS,CHITALU SHALL BE GRATEFUL TO THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA.

OBJ of Nigeria scored more goals ... I mean stole more money

OBJ of Nigeria scored more goals ... I mean stole more money

Pele scored 127 goals for Santos FC in 1959!

Thesw white men! They should stop the lies:

Pele is the only player in the history of organized soccer to score more than 100 goals in three seasons. He scored 127 goals for Santos F.C. in 1959, 110 in 1961 and 101 goals in 1965. His statistics are all the more than amazing when compared to today's top players who can barely score more that 30 goals in a season.

Chitalu would be the next in line with his 107 goals.

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