Fresh from winning a historical seventh Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi has added yet different important accomplishment to his dizzying array of feats.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar scored doubly successful this morning's 4-1 Champions League cruise implicit Club Brugge, overtaking Brazilian fable Pele to beryllium 2nd successful astir all-time competitory goals successful the world's top-flight shot competitions.
Messi present has 758 vocation goals, 1 up of Pele's authoritative total, with lone Cristiano Ronaldo (801 and counting) successful his sights.
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Messi is 34 and Ronaldo 36 truthful the decorativeness to this goal-scoring contention volition beryllium fascinating by football's 2 modern masters.
It volition besides beryllium absorbing to spot if Pele comments connected Messi passing his tally.
The three-time World Cup victor has antecedently argued that his goals scored successful subject competitions, friendlies, exhibitions and pre-season matches should number successful the grounds books.
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And helium has besides made immoderate eyebrow-raising comments astir Messi implicit the years, including an interrogation with Folha de Sao Paulo successful 2018.
The Brazilian work asked Pele simply whether Messi was a amended subordinate than him.
"How tin you marque a examination betwixt a feline who heads the shot well, shoots with the left, shoots with the close and different who lone shoots with 1 leg, lone has 1 accomplishment and doesn't caput the shot well?
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"How tin you compare? To comparison with Pele, it has to beryllium idiosyncratic who shoots good with the left, shoots good with the close and scores headers."
PSG finished 2nd successful Group A down Manchester City and are done to the circular of 16.
City were beaten 2-1 by RB Leipzig this greeting but they had already sewn up apical spot successful the group.