Karachi: Lionel Messi equaled Brazil legend Pele’s record of 643 goals for a single club by scoring for Barcelona in Saturday’s draw against Valencia.
The 33-year-old achieved the feat with a diving header just before half-time, immediately after his penalty was saved by keeper Jaume Domenech.
Messi scored his first goal for Barca in 2005 against Albacete. Pele scored 643 goals in 19 seasons for Brazilian side Santos between 1956 and 1974.
Pele congratulated Messi on this rare achievement. “Congratulations on your historic record, Messi. 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,” Pele said in a statement released by the club.
Meanwhile, Barcelona failed to beat Valencia as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.