Former Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, expressed his admiration for Argentine Lionel Messi on Saturday after the Barcelona forward, with a goal against Valencia, equaled his record for the player with the most goals scored by the same club: 643.
“Stories like ours, of love for the same club for so long, will unfortunately be increasingly rare in football. I admire you a lot, Messi”, affirmed ‘El Rey’ and three times world champion with Brazil in a message he published on his account Instagram along with a photograph of the Argentine celebrating one of his goals.
With his scoring this Saturday against Valencia, Messi added 643 goals as a Barcelona player, the same as Pelé scored with the Brazilian Santos.
“When your heart overflows with love, it is difficult to change your way. Just like you, I know what it is to love to wear the same shirt every day. Just like you, I know that there is nothing better than the place you sit in home. Congratulations on your historical record, Lionel, but above all, congratulations on your beautiful career at Barcelona “added the one considered by some to be the best footballer in the world.
Messi has scored 643 goals in the 748 games he has played for the Barça club since he made his debut in 2004, 16 years ago.
Pelé scored the same number in his 659 games as a player for Santos, a club where he spent 17 years, until 1971.
Among other brands, Messi has already surpassed Telmo Zarra as the top scorer in the Spanish League, César as the top scorer for Barça and German Gerd Müller as the top scorer in a calendar year.