Lionel Messi is on the cusp of breaking yet another prestigious record after drawing level with Pele’s achievement of scoring the most goals for a single club.
Messi, 33, scored his 643rd goal for Barcelona in the La Liga clash with Valencia on Saturday afternoon.
It sees him match Brazil legend Pele, though there is debate over whether he scored 642 or 643 goals during his 19 seasons with Santos.
The screen at Camp Nou read “Congratulations, Leo” as he nodded in after seeing his initial effort from the penalty spot saved.
It is the latest in a string of individual achievements matched or broken by the Argentine, who has won a record six Ballon d’Ors during his glittering career.
But the occasion was marred for Barca captain Messi as his side dropped points in La Liga yet again with a 2-2 draw at home.
Messi’s goal deep into the first half’s additional time equalised after Mouctar Diakhaby’s opener for the visitors.
Ronald Araujo then put Barca ahead early in the second half but they were pegged back by Maxi Gomez’s 69th-minute strike.
The Catalan giants have won just six of their 13 league games this season and find themselves outside the Champions League spots.
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They are already eight points behind league-leaders Atletico Madrid and Barca boss Ronald Koeman pointed to immaturity in his side as he looked to explain the result.
“We didn’t miss many clear chances today, we only had one or two in the first half,” Koeman told reporters.
“I’m worried that with 2-1 we always want to attack, we have to know that we have to defend and control the game as well.
“We played a very irregular match. We had some good football moments, but we also lost spells of us losing a lot of balls. It was difficult for us to control the game.
“I was thinking of playing with three at the back to control the game more defensively. We have a very young team and that causes us to be a little erratic at times. We have to mature.”
Nonetheless, Koeman insisted Barcelona are still in contention to win La Liga.
He added: “Barca have not said goodbye to the league yet, there is still a long way to go and it’s a very complicated season for all the teams.
“The schedule is very complicated, especially for the big teams. We know, however, that the distance is great. We have to fight.”
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