Atlanta United’s Martinez scoring streak nears world record

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Josef Martinez set the league record, and now he’s taking it worldwide.

For a 13th straight regular-season game, the Venezuelan has scored for the recently-crowned U.S. Open Cup champions and defending MLS Cup champions. Saturday’s goal – in the battle between the Eastern Conference’s best – was probably the best of the bunch.

The striker’s commendable run is now one the best of all-time.

Having scored in 13 straight league games, Martinez surpasses Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who scored in 12 straight league games during his time with Borrusia Dortmund, in the world record list. Tor Henning Hamre, second on the list, leads the Venezuelan having scored in 15 consecutive league games in Estonia back in 2003, meaning Martinez needs a goal in each of Atlanta’s upcoming three league games to become second on the list. Lionel Messi, scoring in 21 straight games in the 2013/2014 season with Barcelona, holds the record.

With 23 goals this season, Martinez is eight goals out of tying the league’s single-season record, which he set last year.

In 76 league games with the Five Stripes, the striker has scored 73 goals.