Records are there to be broken but this one is untouchable.
Messi beat Pele’s record of 643 goals for one club when he scored Barcelona’s third goal, and the 644th of his Barca career, in the 3-0 win against Valladolid on Tuesday.
“To beat Messi’s 644 goal record, someone will have to score an average of 43 goals a season for 15 years….for one club,” Lineker, now a BBC presenter, tweeted alongside an incredulous icon.
“This is a record that no one thought would ever be beaten. It will never be beaten again.”
The 33-year-old Argentina star rewrote the history books on Tuesday when he collected Pedri’s neat backheel and struck the ball past goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the 65th minute.
Messi scored his first goal for Barca in 2005. His has beaten the total Pele amassed for Brazilian club Santos from 1956 to 1974.
“When I started playing football I never thought I would break any records. And even less the one I achieved today,” Messi posted on Instagram.