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Muller: It would be an honor if Messi beat my record

Bayern Munich great Gerd Muller does not mind that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi is on the verge of surpassing his record of 67 goals in a single European season.

The former West Germany striker achieved the historic feat during the 1972-73 campaign with Bayern, and now it looks as if his record will be eclipsed by Messi, who has 65 goals so far this season.

However, Muller insists he bears no grudge towards the Argentine and heaped praise on the diminutive dynamo.

"Technically, Messi is superb. His goals are brilliant. And despite being a genius, he's not a selfish player," Muller said to Mundo Deportivo. "There have been many great goalscorers. It means a lot that my record has stood for 40 years.

"Records are there to be beaten. I'd be the first to congratulate Messi if he scores 68 goals this season, it'd be an honor."

Messi has the chance to close in on Muller's record against Malaga.

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