Brazil soccer legend Pele has congratulated Barcelona captain Lionel Messi for equalling his goal-scoring record on Saturday against Valencia.
This comes after Messi scored his 643rdgoal for Barcelona in Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Valencia thus matching Pele’s all-time scoring record for one club.
Pele took to Instagram after the match to send his congratulations to the Barcelona captain for matching his landmark with a post on Instagram.
“When your heart overflows with love, it is difficult to change your path. 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,” wrote Pele.
Pele is a soccer legend, he is the only player in the world to have won the World Cup three times and he is also FIFA’s football player of the century.
According to Reuters, Messi, who made his first appearance for Barcelona aged 17 in 2004, needed 748 matches to score 643 goals, while Pele managed the tally in 665 competitive games for Santos.
Following the draw with Valencia, Barcelona has now slipped to fifth spot in La Liga standings with 21 points.