Although Gerd Muller scored ten times at Mexico 1970 to finish as the tournament’s top scorer, his most productive year came two years later, with 85 goals in all competitions for West Germany and Bayern Munich.

That remarkable haul set a new world record for goals in a calendar year, one which stood almost unchallenged for the next four decades.

The man who broke it is a player who will hope to be vying for the adidas Golden Boot at Brazil 2014, with Lionel Messi’s extraordinary 91-goal tally in 2012 having set a new standard for marksmen the world over.