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Lionel Messi has equaled the record for the most goals scored in a single club. The record was solely held by the Brazilian soccer great, Pele. However, Messi equaled the record by scoring a header during a 2-2 draw against Valencia.
Just before halftime, Messi’s penalty was saved by Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech but Jordi Alba won the ball on the rebound and a deflected cross found its way to Lionel Messi for him to head home and level the scoreline before the half time whistle.
Pele has now praised Lionel Messi after equalling a record that has been held by the Brazilian great for a long time. Messi needed 748 matches to score 643 goals while Pele managed the tally in just 665 games for Santos.
Pele wrote; “When your heart overflow with love, it is difficult to change your path. Like you, I know what it’s like to love wearing the same shirt every day.
Like you, I know 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.”
Lionel Messi has been a mainstay of Barcelona’s success in revenge years as the Argentine has won many trophies and awards, including winning the Balon D’or six times. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if he would stay beyond this season at the Spanish club after sending a transfer request that was turned down during the summer transfer window.
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