Lionel Messi could level Pele’s record at Atletico Madrid tonight

Lionel Messi could be in line to hit yet another record this evening, this time one belonging to one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele.

Messi has scored 640 goals for Barcelona and is only three short of Pele’s record of 643 for Santos, as Mundo Deportivo point out.

The only thing he’s missing is a hat-trick, so if he can pull it off this evening against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano he’ll have more to celebrate than just three points.

Featured image courtesy of Mundo Deportivo.

There is a precedent to consider this as a realistic possibility. The Argentine has scored three hat-tricks against Atleti in the past, two in the league at Camp Nou and one in the cup at the Vicente Calderon. In total, he’s scored 48 hat-tricks.

Atleti is one of Messi’s favourite victims, with the Barcelona star scoring 32 times in 41 games against them – 26 in the league, five in the cup and one in the Spanish Super Cup. He also has three braces to go alongside those three aforementioned hat-tricks, although the only one he achieved in Madrid was in 2009.

His performance that day was so spectacular that the Calderon gave him a standing ovation as he left the field after serving as architect of Barcelona’s 3-1 victory.

Messi has reached 640 goals for the Azulgrana in 16 years, while Pele hit 643 in 17. Pele spent the vast majority of his career with Santos in his native Brazil before a two-year spell with New York Cosmos in the United States.

Featured image courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Tags Atletico Madrid Barcelona La Liga Lionel Messi Pele

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  1. muhammed badaru says:

    Leonel messi is a goal machine he past pele record today night

  2. Paul says:

    Overall goals for national and team Pele got a 1000 goals

    1. Jindu says:

      Very wrong.

      1. Roger Heeralal says:

        I would love to see Messi and Neymar join Suarez at Atletico.they have a great coach there

    2. Shevon says:

      Those 1000+ goals include goals scored in unofficial games and goals in training sessions. He actually scored 700 and something goals

  3. Abubakar S Mohammed says:

    Messi is one of the greatest footballer of all time. Kudos

    1. Wisdom says:

      Yes he is the best

  4. NSEREKO PETER says:

    He deserves it

  5. Shevon says:

    Those 1000+ goals include goals scored in unofficial games and goals in training sessions. He actually scored 700 and something goals

  6. Roger Heeralal says:

    Messi has no support on the pitch now.with the absence of Suarez.Rakatic and Neymar.
    Koeman a big fool to get rid of Suarez and Rakatic.these 3 guys could of come on at half time and run over any team.

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