Barcelona Lionel Messi has broken Pele’s mark of scoring 643 goals for a single club.

The 33-year-old scored his 644th strike for the Blaugrana in Tuesday’s Primera Division match against Valladolid to claim a record that had stood for 46 years.

The Argentine linked brilliantly with the flick from Pedri to slot into the back of the net after a game in which he had tried numerous efforts without success.

The 33-year-old has played the entire duration of his professional career with the Catalan side, having made his debut for the first team in 2004.

His first goal for the club arrived against Albacete in the La Liga on 1st May 2005, making him the youngest scorer for Barcelona at the time.

He quickly established himself as a regular for Barca and slowly saw his goal tally increase. His breakthrough campaign arrived in 2008/09, when he scored 38 times in 51 outings.

Messi went on to score at least 40 goals per season in the subsequent 10 campaigns, a run that was only broken last year when he scored 31 times in 44 matches. Continue reading

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