Messi Scores His 644th Goal For Barcelona To Surpass Pele’s 643 Goals For Santos

Lionel Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona during his side’s victory over Real Valladolid to break Brazilian legend Pele’s record of the most goals for one club.

Argentina forward Messi, 33, scored Barca’s third when he collected Pedri’s backheel, took a touch then slotted the ball past goalkeeper Jordi Masip.

Brazil great Pele scored 643 goals in 19 seasons for Santos in his homeland between 1956 and 1974.

I a post on Twitter, sports broadcaster Gary Lineker said to beat Messi’s 644 goal record, someone will have to score an average of 43 goals a season for 15 years… for one club.

Messi is considered by some footballer pundits and fans the G.O.A.T, the greatest footballer of all time.

Meanwhile, Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 3-0 at the José Zorrilla Stadium and are now 5th on the log standings with 24 points.

Atletico Madrid are top of La Liga on 32 points while Real Madrid are second with 29 points.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have played a game more (14) than Atletico Madrid (13).

More: BBC Sport

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