- Leo scored his first goal of the season for Barcelona.
- He’s on 604 career goals for Blaugrana.
- 39 goals more and he’s equaling and then beating Pele’s world record.
- Leo Messi’s goal against Sevilla has drawn legendary Argentinean even closer to beating Pele’s record.
Leo has now scored 604 goals in 691 Barcelona games since 2004. After beating Gerd Muller’s record of 565 goals for Bayern Munich in 1964-1969 back in November, the Argentine only has Pele ahead of him.
Pele, who played for Santos between 1956 and 1974, scored incredible 619 goals in 638 games for the Brazilian side. Thus, Leo needs 39 more goals to get ahead of the legendary Brazilian forward.
All of Messi’s goals for Barcelona to date:
- 420 goals in La Liga;
- 112 in the Champions League;
- 51 in the Copa del Rey;
- 3 in the Super Cup;
- 5 goals in Club World Cup;
- 3 goals in UEFA Super Cup.
Pele, meanwhile, is not exactly happy about what’s happening. Back in December 2018, Pele has bashed Messi for being a ‘one skill’ player back in December:
“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well?” Pele told Brazilian daily newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, as cited by the Mirror.
Earlier in 2015, the Brazilian legend, never accepted the Barca no.10 as a better player than himself, even praised his life-long rival Diego Maradona as superior to Leo: “You will ask me,” Pele said, “was [Maradona] better than Messi? Yes, by a lot. Much better.”