Hol Up! Santos denies Messi's stunning record, says Pele scored 1091 for the club
|Santos, Pele's former club has disputed claims that Lionel Messi has broken Pele's record of goals scored for a single club by a player. (Photo credit: A Bola)|
Brazilian club Santos have disputed recent claims that Barcelona super star, Lionel Messi has surpassed Pele’s record of goals scored by a player for a single club after he scored his 644th for Barcelona about a fortnight ago.
Three-time World Cup winner Pele even congratulated Messi, but Santos claimed in an Instagram post that goals by their former player in prestigious friendlies should count towards his overall total.
"According to some statistics, the Argentine Lionel Messi (Barcelona) became the player with the most goals for a single club, when he scored 644 for the Catalans, excluding friendlies -- which some call official goals.
"However, part of the media report the total, while excluding the best record of all: the total number of goals for the clubs. Pele scored 1,091 for Santos.
These claims are yet to be attacked, admitted or dissected by relevant bodies, making the next few days rather interesting for observers and followers of football across the globe.