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Messi sends shirt to Mueller after breaking his record

Messi of Argentina displays FIFA Men's World Player of the Year 2012 trophy during FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 gala in Zurich. — Reuters picMessi of Argentina displays FIFA Men's World Player of the Year 2012 trophy during FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 gala in Zurich. — Reuters pic

"For Gerd Mueller, my respect and admiration, a hug," Messi wrote on the shirt, which had his name and number 10 on the back.

Messi finished last year with 91 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, six more than Mueller netted for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

The 25-year-old Argentine, known as 'the flea' while Mueller's nickname was 'torpedo', collected an unprecedented fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or award on Monday. — Reuters