A record of 566 goals for a single club! it is a staggering number, considering the time, the passionate effort and games it might take a player to reach such a mark. It is much all the more bewildering in modern day football, given the sort of tongue-wagging transfers, expectations and loyalty.
Not many titles keep opposing five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, as Edson Arantes do Nascimento popularly known as Pelé, who is one of the few players that can state that he possess a record that keeps evading the Barcelona‘s superstar. The Argentine is 77 goals away from equalling the Brazilians’ record for most goals scored by one player for a single club
Messi’s double against Real Betis in Barcelona’s 4-3 humiliating defeat counted to no end in terms of helping the Catalan giants achieve their desired result, as Ernesto Valverde’s side falls off at the hands of the visiting Andalusians, while Real Madrid managed to cut the points shortfall at the top La Liga.
In the weeks that Messi was rendered unfit because of arm injury seem to have incurred a significant toll. The ‘Txingurri‘ started the Argentine at the Nou Camp, and Leo showed that he was as spritely as ever by repeating the performance that tormented Sevilla.
Lionel Messi’s goals were not futile, but just as far as statistics are concerned. Nevertheless, the brace saw the Barca no “10” pull level with Gerd Müller (second place), in the historic chart of top goalscorers for a single club. The German player completed his count with Bayern Munich, and the Argentine stuck to this same pattern while donning the colours of Barcelona.
The ‘flea‘ achieved 566 goals set on this day by the German in Bavaria. 15 seasons of superb and glorious success for Lionel Messi at Camp Nou, where he debuted with the senior side 14 years prior, at the youthful age of 17.
Second place is fairly a long way from the top of the historical chart, which still has Pelé. The former Brazilian footballer scored 643 goals for Santos, thus, the Barcelona superstar is still 77 goals shy of swiping the crown from ‘O Rei‘ (The King).
With 14 goals in 13 matches, Messi’s numbers this season are now starting to come to fruition, in a season at the end of which he would hope to again lift the Champions League.
The Argentine is just 3 strikes from notching 400 goals in La Liga., another mark to keep writing his name at the very forefront of the Spanish history books.
Messi‘s scoring statistics are formidable. He has racked up his 566 goals in just 650 appearances for Barça. His most prolific season was 2011-12 when he scored 73 times, and the away stadiums at which he has scored most frequently are the Santiago Bernabéu (15), the Vicente Calderón (14) and Riazor (13). His most favoured foes are Sevilla (32 goals), Atletico Madrid (28) and Real Madrid (26).
His goals are divided between 392 in LaLiga, 105 in the Champions League, 48 in the Copa del Rey, 13 in the Spanish Super Cup, 5 in the Club World Cup and 3 in the European Super Cup.
Only a couple of records that keep on resisting Messi, and without the long competed rivalry of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Argentine’ is as of now topping the La Liga goalscoring charts and given the brilliant display against Betis; it seems the international break to energize the batteries is an awful sign for any further records that keep on dodging his grip.
Pele (Santos, 643 goals)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 566 goals)
Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich, 525 goals)
Josef Bican (Slavia Prague, 534 goals)
Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting CP, 544 goals)
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