Lionel Messi further inscribed his name in the football legend this Saturday: with his 643rd goal in official matches with Barcelona, achieved against Valencia (2-2) in the Spanish LaLiga, he equaled an old record of the Brazilian football myth, Pele.
Both now share the record for the number of goals scored for the same club in official competitions. Messi will surpass it foreseeably in the near dates, leaving behind the very ‘O Rei’, who achieved it with Santos.
The target that served to equalize Pele’s record came headlong in the first half discount, moments after Messi himself missed a penalty.
At 33 years old, the Argentine star has scored 643 goals in 748 official games for Barcelona according to his club, which means one goal every 1.16 games, while the Brazilian scored his 643 goals in 757 games with Santos, one goal. every 1.17 games for a team in which he played 18 years.
On July 1, Messi had already overcome a symbolic barrier, in the 2-2 draw against Atlético de Madrid in the 33rd round of the 2019-2020 League. He then signed the 700th goal of his professional career, taking into account those achieved with his club and with the national team.
– Record after record –
More than fifteen years have passed since Messi inaugurated his goal counter with the Barça first team. The first was on May 1, 2005, against Albacete (2-0 victory) in the Spanish League.
The current Barça captain, who made the fans of the Catalan team tremble in August with his threat to leave the club, could leave the team of his entire life on July 1, 2021, when he fulfills his current contract, unless there is a renovation.
His harvest of goals rises to 680 in 801 matches if unofficial matches are also taken into account.
His effectiveness and magic have allowed him to win six Ballons d’Or and six Golden Boots, among other individual distinctions.
He is by far the top scorer in the history of Barcelona (ahead of César Rodríguez’s 230 goals), the top scorer in the history of the Spanish League (450 goals, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 311) and the player who he has won more titles with Barça (34, including four Champions Leagues).
Equaling a Pele record holds especially symbolic value for the Argentina star, three weeks after the passing of another soccer legend, Diego Maradona.
– “A single King” –
“Only and there will only be one. There will be some princes, but only one King,” Pele had said with a mischievous tone, asked about the current superstars, last March.
This Saturday, Pelé congratulated Messi through Instagram: “Like you, I know what love is to wear the same shirt every day. Like you, I know that there is nothing better than a place where you feel at home. Congratulations on your historical record, Lionel. “
‘O Rei’ holds other records that are still within the reach of the Argentine superstar, but also of his eternal Portuguese rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, who does not aspire to the record of goals for the same club since he has dressed the colors of four in his professional stage .
With between 757 and 767 goals scored in official matches throughout his career, according to different sources, Pelé still surpasses Messi (714) and Cristiano Ronaldo (756) in the total number of goals in his career, also taking into account the national teams. nations. But Pele claims for his part more than a thousand goals scored, claiming all the games played, official or not.
If only official matches are taken into account, the Brazilian seems behind the Austrian and Czechoslovak attacker Josef Bican, who would have signed 805.
Pelé remains for now the top scorer of all the South American teams, with 77 goals for the green-yellow jersey, six ahead of the 71 that Messi achieved with Argentina.
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