Lionel Messi is now the highest goal scorer for a single club after beating Pele's long standing record on Tuesday night at Valladolid...
|Lionel Messi is now the highest goal scorer for a single club after beating Pele's long standing record on Tuesday night at Valladolid. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Six time Balon d’or winner and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has overtaken Brazil legend Pele to become the player to score the most goals for a single club after taking his tally to 644 on Tuesday.
The top five is completed by Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting CP 1937-49, 544 goals) and Josef Bican (Slavia Prague 1950s, 534 goals).
The only other active player still in the top 10 is Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals for Real Madrid. The Juventus striker is 10th behind Jimmy McGrory (Celtic 1922-37, 522 goals), Jimmy Jones (Glenavon 1951-62, 517 goals), Uwe Seeler (Hamburg 1953-72, 507 goals) and Eusebio (Benfica 1961-75, 473 goals).
Messi believed a clause in his contract, which expires in 2021, allowed him to leave for free but eventually backed down when it became apparent the only way to try to invoke the clause would have ended in a legal tussle, something the Argentine doesn’t necessarily desire.