Messi scores 644th Barcelona goal, breaks Pele's record
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Messi scores 644th Barcelona goal, breaks Pele's record

Lionel Messi broke Pele's scoring record for a single club after netting his 644th Barcelona goal against Real Valladolid last night.

The great Brazilian achieved the feat for Santos between 1956 and 1974, while Messi is in his 17th season at the Nou Camp since his first-team debut in 2004.

The 33-year-old Argentina ace equaled Pele's mark against Valencia at the weekend and claimed it for his own after notching Barca's third goal in their 3-0 win over Valladolid.

Messi's comments:

"When I started playing football I never thought I would break any records. And even less the one I achieved today," Lionel Messi posted on Instagram shortly after the game.

"I can only thank all those who helped me over the years, my teammates, my family, my friends, and all those who support me every day.

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Messi, a six-time Ballon d'Or winner, is by far the highest scorer in Barca history (Cesar Rodriguez is next on 230 goals), the highest scorer in the history of the Spanish league championship (451 goals, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's 311), and the player who has won the most trophies with the Catalan club (34, including four Champions Leagues).

Pele is still king:

Pele still holds the record for most international goals by a South American with 77 for Brazil but Messi has 71 for Argentina.

That's soon to be broken!

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