Brazilian legend Pele has congratulated Lionel Messi after the Argentinian broke his record for the highest total goals scored for one club.
Messi scored in the 65th minute of Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Valladolid on Tuesday, taking his total goals for Barca to 644, a new record, surpassing Pele’s 643 for Santos.
“When I started playing football I never thought I would break any records. And even less the one I achieved today, I can only thank all those who helped me over the years, my teammates, my family, my friends and all those who support me every day,” Messi posted on Instagram after the game.
“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,” was Pele’s response on Instagram.
“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.”