Lionel Messi surpasses Pele as Barcelona star sets new all-time goals record

Another game, another Lionel Messi record.

He struck his 644th goal for Barcelona on Tuesday night, meaning no footballer in history has scored more goals for a single club than the Argentine superstar.

Messi, 33, notched Barcelona’s third in their La Liga encounter with Real Valladolid.

It moved him past Pele, with Messi having equalled the Brazil legend’s Santos goals total at the weekend.

Paying tribute on social media, Gary Lineker surmised: "To beat Messi’s 644 goal record, someone will have to score an average of 43 goals a season for 15 years….for one club."

Ronald Koeman's men have endured a pretty miserable start to the season.

But they claimed a morale-boosting pre-Christmas victory with Clement Lenglet and Martin Braithwaite also on target.

The Blaugrana closed out for a first away La Liga win since the start of October to sit fifth in the table, eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who had earlier won at third-placed Real Sociedad.

Messi eyed an early chance to break the record during the opening exchanges at Estadio Jose Zorrilla, his curling shot from the edge of the penalty area dropping just wide.

The Argentina playmaker saw another effort tipped over by Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip before Barcelona took the lead in the 21st minute.

Messi was the creator this time, floating a cross into the centre of the penalty area, where Lenglet powered a header into the net.

The Barca players used the goal celebration by holding up a shirt to pay tribute to right-back Moussa Wague, the 22-year-old having suffered a serious knee injury while playing on loan at Greek club PAOK.

Before Valladolid could regroup, the home side found themselves 2-0 down after 25 minutes.

Messi held off three opposition players before feeding the ball down the right for Sergino Dest and his low cross was slid past Masip by Braithwaite.

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