Pele congratulates Messi for equalling goal record
RIO DE JANEIRO
Publish- December 20, 2020, 04:41 PM
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Update- December 20, 2020, 04:54 PM
Pele has paid tribute to Lionel Messi after the Barcelona forward equaled the Brazilian legend's record for the most goals with a single club.
Messi drew level with Pele's tally of 643 goals for Santos with a lunging header on the stroke of halftime in Barcelona's 2-2 home draw with Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.
"When your heart overflows with love, it is difficult to change your path," Pele said in an Instagram post. "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.
"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. I admire you very much."
While Messi achieved the feat in 748 matches, Pele needed only 665 games to reach the figure.