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Lionel Messi recalled how he broke Pele’s record when the Barcelona superstar insisted his latest achievement surpassed his wildest dreams.
Messi set a new goalscoring record for a club after scoring for the 644th time: The Barça captain surpassed Pelé’s spoils in Tuesday’s 3-0 LaLiga win at Real Valladolid.
Messi, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who equaled Pelé against Valencia on Saturday, scored his 451st goal in LaLiga as Barça beat Valladolid.
Messi used social media to react to the historic feat after Pelé had scored 643 goals in an 18-year career at Brazilian club Santos.
“When I started playing soccer, I never thought I was going to break any records,” Messi wrote on Instagram. “And even less the one that I achieved today that had @ pele …
“I can only thank everyone who helped me over the years, my teammates, my family, my friends, and everyone who supports me every day. Hug !! “
Messi’s 644 goals have come in 17 seasons and 749 games for Barça, where the 33-year-old made his debut in 2004.
His effort against Valencia made Messi the first player to reach the 450 milestone for a single club in any of the top five leagues in Europe.