- Lionel Messi
- Spain ()
The most football goals scored in a calendar year is 91, and was achieved by Lionel Messi (Argentina), playing for Barcelona against Real Valladolid, at the José Zorrilla Stadium, Valladolid, Spain, on 22 December 2012.
Messi surpassed Gerhard Müller's total of 85 goals during 1972. In addition to the 91 goals scored in competitive games Messi scored a further 5 in friendlies over the course of the year.