Lionel Messi, Barcelona captain, donates boots to Catalan Museum of Art

Lionel Messi, Barcelona captain, donates boots to Catalan Museum of Art

- Lionel Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona against Real Valladolid

- The Argentine footballer has donated the boots he wore in the tie to Catalan Museum

- Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards since he started his career with Barcelona

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Lionel Messi who is the captain of Spanish giants Barcelona has donated the boots he wore when he scored his record 644th Barcelona goal to the Catalan Museum of Art.

The Argentina international was brilliant last year December in Barcelona's win over Real Valladolid as he broke the record set by Brazilian legend Pele.

During his active playing time, Pele was superb and incredible for Santos netting 643 goals which no player has surpassed at the Brazilian club ever since then.

Messi was in joyous momentum after breaking Pele's record claiming that he never thought he would be a great player when he was young.

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"When I started playing football I never thought I'd break any record, especially not the one I achieved today that Pele held.
"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."

Messi's boots will be auctioned off later this year with the money raised going to help children fighting cancer according to the report on ESPN.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently occupying third position on the Spanish La Liga table with 43 points after 21 games played so far.

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona captain, donates boots to Catalan Museum of Art. Photo by Fran Santiago
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Earlier, had reported how Barcelona stretched their winning streak to six games in all competitions after coming from a goal down to beat Real Betis 3-2 at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday, February 7.

The Catalans have once again returned to the second position on the La Liga table with 43 points - same as their bitter rivals Real Madrid after 21 rounds of games.

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Borja Iglesias gave Manuel Pellegrini's men the lead in the 38th minute after powering home a close-range effort from Emerson's low cross.

The goal that gave Manuel Pellegrini's men the advantage heading into the dressing room for a half-time pep talk after an impressive first 45 minutes.

Ibitoye Shittu is an award winning Sports Journalist with more than 10 years experience in News-writing, reporting and Public Relation. He is an HND and B.SC holder of Mass Communication and can be reached on Twitter @Ibishittu


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