Lionel Messi defeated Pele to become the man who scored the most goals for the club, with 644 goals for Barca.
In the 65th minute, Barca led host Real Valladolid 2-0 in the 16th round of La Liga on the night of December 22, and Pedri hit the heel for Messi to drive the ball into the penalty box. The 33-year-old superstar booted his left foot diagonal to beat goalie Jordi Masip, winning 3-0. Messi’s 644 score in 749 games for Barca smashed Pele’s old mark of 643 in 656 games for Santos.
Messi has scored his 451st goal in La Liga after 499 matches. His record in the King’s Cup was 53 goals in 75 games and 118 goals in the Champions League in 147 games. In other competitions, except for mates, Messi scored 22 goals in 28 matches.
“When I started playing football, I didn’t think I would break a record,” Messi wrote to Instagram on the evening of December 22. “Not to mention Pele’s record. I also want to thank the people who have supported me over the years: my teammates, my family, my friends and the people who love me every day.
In total, Pele scored 470 goals in 412 games in the Sao Paulo Championship and 100 goals in 173 games in the Brazilian Championship. In the South American Copa Libertadores League, the former Brazilian striker netted 17 goals in 15 appearances.
Messi scored his first goal for Barca on 1 May 2005 and scored 2-0 against the Albacete tourists. He broke the offside trap and had a ball from Ronaldinho’s kick. Having goalie Raul Valbuena quit the post, Messi throws the ball over Valbuena’s head, fixing a 2-0 win. Barca retained the top of the table and secured the title at the end of the season. So far Messi has won 10 La Liga with Barca, six King’s Cups, seven Spanish Super Cups, four Champions Leagues, three European Super Cups and three FIFA World Cups. He has already won six Golden Balls and six European Golden Shoes.