Argentinian Lionel Messi beat legendary goal scorer Pele’s record to become the highest goal scorer for a single club when he led the way for Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Real Valladolid on Wednesday.
Scoring his 644th goal for FC Barcelona, Argentina forward scored Barca's third goal when he collected Pedri's backheel and struck the ball past goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the 65th minute.
Messi later took to Instagram to express what this achievement means to him. In a post, he wrote, “When I started playing football, I didn't expect to break a record like this, especially since it's Pelé. I want to thank everyone who has helped me all of these years, my teammates, my family, my friends and everyone who has supported me.”
Among other important games in the La Liga on this day, Atletico Madrid won their game against Real Sociedad to get three points clear of Real Madrid, which is currently second on the league table. Barcelona presently stands at fifth place on the table, eight points behind Atletico.
As for Brazilian legend Pele, he scored 643 goals in 757 matches with Santos, where he played between 1956 and 1974.
While today’s game gave Messi the lead in the record, he had already equalled Pele earlier this week, on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Valencia.
On the news of this draw, Pele wrote to Messi, “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 in Barcelona. Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, unfortunately will be increasingly rare in football. I admire you very much.”