Lionel Messi already has dozens of records to his name as both a player of FC Barcelona and Argentina. The Argentinian is now in line to break yet another record, this time one that belongs to one of the best footballers the world has ever seen, Pele. Messi has scored 640 goals for Barcelona, which is only three short of Pele’s 643 goals for Santos.
Barcelona will play Atletico Madrid on Saturday and it is possible for the forward to break the record if he manages to score at least an hat-trick. While Atletico are well known for their tight defense, Messi has scored three hat-tricks against the club from the Spanish capital in the past, two in LaLiga and one in the Copa del Rey. In total Messi has scored 48 hat-tricks in his career.
Messi has been 16 years with Barcelona and the 33-year-old has scored 640 goals, while Pele hit 643 goals in 17 years at Santos. The former Brazilian striker almost played his entire career for Santos, just like Messi did for Barcelona. At the end of his career Pele moved to the United States to join New York Cosmos. And Messi could be following in the footsteps of the Brazilian legend as there are rumours Messi could be leaving Barcelona to first join Manchester City before he heads of to New York City FC.