Lionel Messi and Barcelona lead La Liga and are into the Champions League last 16.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona lead La Liga and are into the Champions League last 16.
Julian Rojas Ocana/AP

Lionel Messi has sent a signed Barcelona shirt to former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller, whose scoring record he broke last year.

Bayern released a photograph Thursday with Mueller holding the shirt. Messi wrote on the shirt: "To Gerd Mueller, with respect and admiration, a hug.''

Messi scored 91 goals last year, breaking Mueller's 40-year-old record. Mueller scored 85 goals in 1972.

Messi received a record fourth FIFA Player of the Year award earlier this month.

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