After reaching his all-time record, we had to wait for Pele’s reaction and tribute to Lionel Messi for reaching this all-time milestone today.
Lionel Messi reaching King Pele’s record today is an event that we might never see again in football. No other players have ever scored that many goals for a single club in football history before these two. From now on, we will always see both players every time we talk about one-club players who gave everything for their club.
Even if Messi ends up leaving FC Barcelona, he will always keep his name held high at FC Barcelona as the best player in the club’s history. Just like Pele is for Santos FC, they are living legends from two of the greatest clubs in the world. Just as he does every time he gets surpassed by another great player, Pele obviously wanted to pay tribute to Messi through a social media post.
Pele expressed his utmost respect for Messi.
Through a social media post in which they both appear in similar pictures, Pele wrote the following message dedicated to Messi: “When your heart overflows with love, it is difficult to change your path. Like you, I know what it’s like to love wearing the same shirt every day. Like you, I know that there is nothing better than the place we feel at home.
“Congratulations on your historic record, Lionel. But above all, congratulations on your beautiful career at FC Barcelona. Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, unfortunately will be increasingly rare in football. I admire you very much, Leo Messi.”