Messi kickin' it at the top
Lionel Messi has been a staple in the Cross-Sport Power Rankings with the year he's been having, and for the fourth time the Argentine footballer garnered the top spot. Messi received top billing after breaking German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012. The phenomenal forward tied the record with a goal in the 16th minute and then broke the 1972 milestone by netting another one nine minutes later.
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CROSS-SPORT POWER RANKINGS 2012
Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all major sports. Check out the rest of our individual sport power rankings.