Messi Finally Breaks Pele’s All Time Goals Record
Pele netted 643 times for Santos in his career, but Messi has now set the record by scoring in the 65th minute of Barca’s league game 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, 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.”