Lionel Messi added one more superhuman achievement to his long-running list of football heroics on Saturday by equalling Pele’s record for the most number of goals scored for one club.
The Argentine magician, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, notched his 643rd goal for Barcelona in their 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday.
The feat takes him level with the legendary Brazilian, who scored as many goals in his playing career for Santos.
It is another staggering accolade to add to the many Messi has achieved since joining Barcelona from Newell’s Old Boys in his early teens.
Over his glittering career at the Nou Camp, the Argentine has amassed a whopping 24 trophies, including 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns. He has also won the Ballon d’Or six times.
To date Messi’s numbers are almost unbelievable, notching up those 643 goals in just 747 games, with 282 assists as well.
That said, the man he shares the record with was no slouch. Pele’s 643 goals came in a barely believable 656 official matches, which is almost a goal every game.
The Brazilian spent an incredible 18 years playing for Santos, before heading to America to join the New York Cosmos in the latter stages of his career.
The only thing Messi may regret is that he did not beat Pele’s record in the match, having scored with a diving header moments after missing a penalty.