Lionel Messi auctions off record-breaking boots for children fighting cancer after Barcelona star beat Pele’s record of goals for a single club with his 644th strike against Real Valladolid
- The boots are on display at Barcelona’s Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
- The Boots will be auctioned for museum’s Art and Health program for children
- Pele and former club Santos have disputed that the record has been broken
- Santos released a statement claiming that Pele scored 1,091 goals for the club
Lionel Messi has donated the boots he wore when he scored his record-breaking 644th goal to charity.
The Barcelona star netted in the Catalan’s 3-0 away win against Real Valladolid to eclipse the 46-year-old record of most goals scored at a single club, previously held by Brazilian legend Pele for Santos.
However, both Pele and Santos have since disputed this claim.
Lionel Messi scored the 644th goal of his Barcelona career in their 3-0 win over Real Valladolid
The boots are now encased in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, they will remain on display for a month, before they are auctioned off for the museum’s Art and Health program for children with oncological diseases and their families.
As reported by Sport.ES, Messi said: ‘Reaching the historic total of 644 goals for the same club fills me with joy, but the most important thing is to be able to give something back to the children fighting for their health.
‘We hope the auction in April will increase knowledge of this great cause.’
The record-breaking boots are now on display in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Messi’s sponsor Adidas previously paid tribute to the Argentine for ‘redefining greatness.’
They released a video on Instagram showing a younger Messi writing ‘644’ with a black marker on some glass.
It was captioned: ‘From the streets of Rosario to the colosseum of Barcelona. From a 13-year-old boy with a dream to a 33-year-old captain, redefining greatness.
‘From scoring his first professional goal 15 years ago to scoring his 644th and breaking a 46-year record.
The boots will remain on display for a month before they’re auctioned off for charity
Year after year, goal after goal @leomessi continues to re-write history. Starting his journey as a promising young player, he will leave as the greatest ever.
‘After all, records are only there to be broken.’
However, according to Pele’s former club Santos, Messi has not broken his 46-year-old record.
They released a statement claiming that Pele scored 1,091 goals during his time at the club.
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