In 2013, Lionel Messi scored 45 goals in 46 appearances for both club and country.

Though a hugely impressive haul for any other player, this fell some way short of his record 2012 tally: a remarkable 91 in all competitions.

Injuries have hampered the Argentina and Barcelona star this season, but he has already broken through the 25-mark in 2014, and few would bet against him eclipsing last year’s total by the time this one ends.