Lionel Messi equals Pele goal tally

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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has equaled Brazil legend Pele’s record of 643 goals for a single club after scoring during Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday.

Messi reached the landmark with a diving header, following up after his initial penalty had been saved by goalkeeper Jaume Domenech.

Pele who is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, scored 643 goals for Brazilian club Santos between 1956 and 1974.

Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona in 2005 and needed 748 games to reach Pele’s record.

Pele congratulated the Argentina forward on social media.

“Like you, I know what it’s like to love wearing the same shirt every day. Like you, I know that there is nothing better than the place we feel at home,” he said.

“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,” added the 80-year-old.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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