Barcelona Striker Leo Messi broke Brazil legend Pele’s record for most goals scored at a single club.
Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona during his side’s 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid to break Pele’s record of the most goals for one club.
Brazil’s great Pele scored 643 goals in 19 seasons for Santos in his homeland between 1956 and 1974.
Messi created the first goal when his cross was headed in by Clément Nicolas Laurent Lenglet and started the move for the second, finished off by Martin Christensen Braithwaite.
“When I started playing football, I never thought I would break a record. And even less the one that I achieved today, Pelé’s. I can only thank everyone who helped me over the years, my teammates, my family, my friends and everyone who supports me. Hug!!” Messi wrote on Instagram after the match.
Pele congratulated Messi for the record-breaking score, paying him tribute for his loyalty to one club.
“When your heart overflows with love, it is difficult to change your path. Like you, I know what it’s like to love wearing the same shirt every day. Like you, I know that there is nothing better than the place we feel at home. Congratulations on your historic record, Lionel. But above all, congratulations on your beautiful career at Barcelona. Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, unfortunately will be increasingly rare in football. I admire you very much.” Pele wrote.
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