Lionel Messi beat Pele’s record of objectives for a single club when he scored his 644th for Barcelona in a 3-0 triumph against Valladolid on Tuesday.

The Argentina forward scored Barca’s third objective when he gathered Pedri’s backheel and struck the ball past goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the 65th minute.

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

” I can just thank all those who helped me for many years, my teammates, my family, my pals and all those who support me every day.”

Messi had actually equalled Pele on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Valencia.

The 2 guys scored at almost an equal rate for their clubs.

It was the 33-year-old Argentine’s 749th competitive match for Barca, implying he has scored an objective every 1.16 games.

The Brazilian scored 643 goals in 757 matches with Santos, where he played between 1956 and 1974, or one every 1.17 matches.

” Like you, I understand what it resembles to enjoy using the exact same shirt every day. Like you, I understand that there is absolutely nothing better than the place we feel comfortable,” Pele wrote to Messi on Instagram after the Argentine tied the record.

” Congratulations on your historic record, Lionel. However above all, congratulations on your lovely profession at Barcelona. Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, sadly will be progressively rare in football. I admire you quite.”

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

“I see Messi happy. He is striving, and he is a really important part of our assaulting game,” stated Koeman after the win.

Pele declares to have actually scored more than a thousand objectives, counting all the matches he played, official and informal.

However in competitive matches Pele appears to be second to Austrian and Czechoslovakian striker Josef Bican, who football historians have actually computed scored 805 goals between 1931 and 1955 playing for half a dozen clubs and 3 national groups.

Pele, with in between 757 and 767 goals in competitive matches over his profession, which also include 92 Brazil internationals and 2 seasons with the New york city Cosmos, is ahead of Messi with 714 for club and nation and the more travelled Cristiano Ronaldo (754 ).

Pele still holds the record for the majority of global goals by a South American with 77 for Brazil however Messi has 71 for Argentina.