Pelé had a message for Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain equalized his scoring record on Saturday with his 643rd goal for the Catalan giants.
The Argentinian was on target in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia at Camp Nou, meaning he is now on par with Pelé’s record set with Santos.
Messi’s goal came after seeing a penalty saved by Jaume Doménech. However, the captain quickly made amends by regrouping the ball from close range for his sixth La Liga goal of the season.
Pele, who has occasionally criticized Messi in the past, took to Instagram after the game to send a congratulatory message to Barca’s skipper.
“When your heart is overflowing with love, it is difficult to change the path. Like you, I know what it’s like to like to wear the same shirt every day. Like you, I know that there is nothing better than the place where you feel at home. Congratulations on your historic record, Lionel. But above all, congratulations on your successful career in Barcelona. Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, will unfortunately be increasingly rare in football. I admire you very much, @leomessi. “
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Messi’s next goal will see him overtake the Brazilian and fend for himself when it comes to goals for one club. Barça play again Tuesday at Real Valladolid.