By Alan Duffy
See? It’s written on the ball, so it must be true!
Working in football statistics as I do, in addition to with my humble contributions to dear Pies, one of the most difficult things to accurately quantify is international goalscoring records. With so many official/unofficial/semi-official games taking place around the world, it’s damn difficult to find definitive figures, particularly when dealing with records from outside Europe, where record-keeping can be a less than exact science.
It is within this vague arena, that the Zambian FA have challenged Lionel Messi’s much-publicised record of scoring the most goals in a calendar year. The Argentinian superstar was reported to have beaten Gerd Muller’s long-standing record by bagging his 86th goal for club or country in a calendar year recently. However, according to the Zambian FA, it is not Messi but one Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu who holds the record with the Zambian striker hitting a whopping 107 goals back in 1972.
A spokesperson from the Zambian FA said:
“We have this record, which has been recorded in Zambian football, but unfortunately it has not