Lionel Messi: Barcelona captain equals Pele’s incredible record of most goals for one club

Lionel Messi: Barcelona captain equals Pele’s incredible record of most goals for one club

- Lionel Messi was on the score-sheet in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Valencia

- The Barcelona captain has now scored 643 goals in the colours of the Catalan club

- He has now equaled Pele’s incredible record for player with most goals for one club

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Lionel Messi scored his 643rd goal in Barcelona shirt in their 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday, December 19 to equal the incredible record set by legendary Pele.

Messi was able to restore parity in the added minutes of the first half through a header after his initial attempt from the spot was brilliantly saved by Juame.

Jordi Alba benefited from the keeper's save and crossed the ball back targeting his teammates which eventually found the Argentine who then headed it into the net.

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Pele who has 643 goals for Brazilian club Santos holds the record of the player with most goals for a club, but the Barcelona captain has equaled the record.

The Argentine star who has been the main force for Barcelona since he joined the club from local side Newell’s Old Boys reached the landmark against Valencia on the half-hour mark.

And he has so far won a staggering 34 trophies with the Catalan giants including 10 La Liga titles as well as four Champions League trophies.

He now shares the most goals for a club tally with Brazilian icon Pele who found the back of the net 643 times in 656 official games for Santos between 1954 and 1976.

Pele congratulated the player in a message:

"Congratulations on your historic record, Lionel. But above all, congratulations on your beautiful career at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona captain equals Pele’s incredible record of most goals for one club
Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Valencia. Photo: Pedro Salado
Source: Getty Images

Recall that Messi also scored the all-important goal that powered Barcelona to a 1-0 victory over Levante at Camp Nou last weekend.

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He fired a left-foot shot into the right corner of the post after receiving a superb overhead pass from Frenkie de Jong towards the end of the meeting.

However, Real Madrid put up a spectacular show on Sunday night, December 20, as they defeated hosts Eibar 3-1 to move to second position in the La Liga standinds.

Goals by Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez were enough to hand Zinedine Zidane's men all three points on the night.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Juventus moved to third on the Serie A table following their 4-0 win over Parma in an entertaining contest.

The Bianconeri bounced back from a draw to Atalanta in the past weekend to score four unreplied goals at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his 11th and 12th goal of the season after netting a brace as Dejan Kulusevski and Alvaro Morata were the other scorers for Juve.

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