Lionel Messi breaks Pele’s single club record with 644th Barcelona goal

Lionel Messi broke Pele’s scoring record for a single club after netting his 644th Barcelona goal against Real Valladolid on Tuesday night.

The great Brazilian achieved the feat for Santos between 1956 and 1974, while Messi is in his 17th season at the Nou Camp since his first-team debut in 2004.

The 33-year-old Argentina ace equalled Pele’s mark against Valencia at the weekend and claimed it for his own after notching Barca’s third goal in their 3-0 win over Valladolid.

Here, the PA news agency breaks down Messi’s career goals statistically.

Season by season

Messi’s 2011-12 season, when he scored 73 times in 60 games for Barca in all competitions, remains an astonishing high water mark.

He has passed 50 on five other occasions, with four more seasons in the 40s and at least 31 in every completed season since 2008-09.

2004-05: 1

2005-06: 8

2006-07: 17

2007-08: 16

2008-09: 38

2009-10: 47

2010-11: 53

2011-12: 73

2012-13: 60

2013-14: 41

2014-15: 58

2015-16: 41

2016-17: 54

2017-18: 45

2018-19: 51

2019-20: 31

2020-21: 10 (so far)

Landmark league goals

The goal against Valencia at the weekend took Messi to another landmark, 450 goals in LaLiga – here are his milestone strikes along the way.

First goal: v Albacete, May 1, 2005

50th: v Malaga, March 22, 2009

100th: v Almeria, November 20, 2010 – Messi brought up his century with the second goal of his hat-trick in a thumping 8-0 win.

150th: v Sevilla, March 17, 2002

200th: v Osasuna, January 27, 2013

250th: v Eibar, October 18, 2014

300th: v Sporting Gijon, February 17, 2016

350th: v Alaves, August 26, 2017

400th: v Eibar, January 13, 2019

450th: v Valencia, December 19, 2020

Breakdown by competition

That makes Messi comfortably LaLiga’s record goalscorer, and he is also second all-time in the Champions League where his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with 134.

He has won Spain’s Pichichi trophy, for the league’s top scorer, on seven occasions and top-scored in the Champions League six times, including 2014-15 when he shared the honour with Ronaldo and Neymar.

He has scored Champions League goals in 16 seasons, matching Ryan Giggs’ record, and unlike the former Manchester United man he has done so in consecutive years dating back to 2005-06.

LaLiga: 451

Champions League: 118

Copa Del Rey: 53

Spanish Super Cup: 14

Club World Cup: 5

UEFA Super Cup: 3

Favourite opponents

Sevilla are Messi’s favourite opponent, with 37 goals against them while he has 32 against Atletico Madrid.

Saturday brought his 29th goal against Valencia, with 26 against Real Madrid in El Clasico and three other opponents facing 25 Messi goals apiece.

In terms of non-Spanish opposition, he has nine goals against Arsenal and eight against both Celtic and AC Milan.

v Sevilla: 37 goals

v Atletico Madrid: 32

v Valencia: 29

v Real Madrid: 26

v Osasuna, Espanyol, Real Betis: 25


Another incredible hat-trick from Leo Messi ¯_(ツ)_/¯

— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 14, 2018

Messi has scored 48 hat-tricks for Barca, including 36 in LaLiga, with another six for Argentina taking him through the half-century mark for his career as a whole.

He has scored four goals on six separate occasions – in league games with Valencia, Espanyol, Osasuna and twice against Eibar, plus a Champions League win over Arsenal in 2010.

He also recorded one five-goal haul in Europe, against Bayer Leverkusen in the last-16 second leg in 2012 as Barca won 7-1 and 10-2 on aggregate.

Valencia have been on the receiving end of four of Messi’s hat-tricks, with three each against Atletico, Sevilla, Osasuna, Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna.