Barcelona hitman, Lionel Messi has broken Pele’s all-time record for goals scored with a single club by netting his 644th career goal for the Spanish giants.
The Brazilian icon netted 643 times for Santos in his career, a mark that seemed to be nearly unbreakable – but Messi has now set the record by scoring in the 65th minute of Barca’s La Liga match against Valladolid on Tuesday.
With Barca already up by two goals, Pedri sent Messi in behind the defence with a backheel pass and the 33-year-old slotted home past Jordi Masip to make it 3-0 on the night
Messi had tied Pele’s record at the weekend when he scored in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Valencia.
After Tuesday’s game, which ended 3-0, Messi took to Instagram to express his gratitude to those who helped him reach Pele’s record.
“When I started playing football I never thought I’d break any record, especially not the one I achieved today that Pele held,” Messi wrote.
“I can only give my thanks to everyone who helped me during these years, my team-mates, my family, my friends, and everyone who supports me every day.”
It is yet another record for Messi, who has established himself as one of the greatest footballers of all-time since he joined Barcelona at age 13 and made his competitive debut at 17 in 2004.
Messi has gone on to win La Liga on 10 occasions with the Blaugrana, as well as six Copa del Rey titles and four Champions League trophies.
On an individual level, Messi has won the Ballon d’Or six times, most recently in 2019, the most any player has ever won the award.