Legendary footballer Pele has paid a wealthy tribute to Lionel Messi after the Barcelona ahead equalled the Brazilian legend’s document of being the very best goalscorer ever for a single membership.
Messi equalled Pele’s tally of 643 targets for Santos with a header on the stroke of halftime in Barcelona’s 2-2 house draw with Valencia in LaLiga on Saturday night.
“When your coronary heart overflows with love, it’s troublesome to alter your path. Such as you, I do know what it is like to like sporting the identical shirt daily. Such as you, I do know that there’s nothing higher than the place we really feel at house,” Pele mentioned in an Instagram put up.
“Congratulations in your historic document, Lionel. However above all, congratulations in your stunning profession at Barcelona. Tales like ours, of loving the identical membership for thus lengthy, sadly, will likely be more and more uncommon in soccer. I like you very a lot.”
Whereas Messi achieved the feat throughout 17 seasons in 748 video games, Pele wanted solely 665 video games to achieve the determine.
Pele, the one participant to have gained the World Cup thrice, holds the Guinness world document for many targets in a profession with 1,283, together with friendlies.
The 80-year-old, who performed his final sport for Santos in 1974, is among the biggest gamers ever to grace the sport. He’s Brazil’s all-time highest scorer with 77 targets in 92 worldwide matches from 1957 to 1971.
And there is one other Pele document that Messi has in his sights. The 77 targets that the Brazilian scored for his nation are nonetheless a South American document. However the 33-year-old Messi has 71 for Argentina, and desires simply six extra to equal that quantity.