Lionel Messi breaks Pele’s record goal tally


After scoring his 644th goal for Barcelona during their La Liga match against Real Valladolid, Lionel Messi became the all-time leading scorer for a single football club on Tuesday, eclipsing Pele’s record goal tally for Brazilian club Santos.

The 33-year-old Argentine, who on Saturday reached Pele’s record of 643 goals with a shot against Valencia, scored a third goal in the 65th minute as Barca prevailed 3-0.

In 665 competitive matches for Santos, Pele scored 643 goals, although Messi needed 749 games to break the record, but he did so in 17 seasons relative to the 19 that Brazil legend needed.

Pele, now 80, made his Santos debut in 1956 at the age of 15, and left in 1974 after winning six Brazilian league titles plus two Copa Libertadores medals.

Messi, who made his first Barcelona debut in 2004 at the age of 17, has won 10 La Liga club titles and four Champions League medals.

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