The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, used to break records every week, but the goal he scored on Saturday evening during Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Spanish League, has a special taste as he led him to achieve a long-awaited achievement, as he scored his 643 goals with Barcelona to equal The achievement of the Brazilian legend Pele in the number of goals scored with one team, as Pele preceded him for this achievement through the portal of his former team, Santos.
The Black Gem Pele (80 years old) began his career with Santos in 1956 at the age of fifteen and continued with the club until 1974 with 665 appearances.
Pele wrote on his Instagram account to share pictures after Messi equated his achievement: ” When your heart overflows 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 “.
He added: “Like you, I know that 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 at Barcelona. Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, unfortunately will be increasingly rare in football. I admire you very much, Leo Messi.”.
Messi, 33, tried to leave Barcelona last summer, but his attempt ended on the part of then-club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who refused to leave him for free.
Since then, the Argentine Barghout has confirmed his commitment to the Catalan club, whose contract with him continues until the end of the current season, but speculations remain on Messi’s future, who won the award for the best player in the world six times before.
Messi began his career with the first team in Barcelona in 2004 at seventeen the age and played 748 games with the team to become within close range of breaking Xavi Hernandez’s record, who played 767 matches for Barcelona.
Messi’s goal against Valencia was not uncommon, as Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Dominique Sanchez responded to the penalty kick by the Argentine. Still, the latter was alert and followed the ball into the net with his head from close range.
Pele previously criticized Messi for relying solely on shooting with his left foot and not scoring header strikes, so the goal of equalizing the record for the Black Gem is a funny coincidence.
Through his official account, Barcelona wrote, “There is another record for Pele that Messi seeks to break.”
He added: The 77 goals that Pele scored for his country remain the record at the level of South America, but Messi, who has 71 goals, needs six more goals to equal this achievement.
Argentine star Lionel Messi responded to him on his account on the same platform today, Sunday, saying: “Thank you very much for your very compassionate message, Pele.”
And he continued, “In fact, it was wonderful to see what these words mean, coming from a big person like you … He sent you a big hug.”