– Lionel Messi has moved past Pele as the player with most goals for a single club in history

– Brazilian club Santos has released a statement denying that the Argentine broke Pele’s record

– Santos insist that Pele scored a total of 1,091 goals for the club and not 643

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Brazilian club Santos has released a lengthy statement claiming legendary Pele actually scored a staggering 1,091 goals during his time at the club.

The club admits Lionel Messi’s legendary status, but claims that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was yet to break Pele’s record of player with most goals for a single club, SunSport reports.

Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona in their tie against Real Valladolid and that strike took his tally one above Pele who had 643 for Santos.

In a latest article by a writer who is a member of the ‘Association of Researchers and Historians of Santos FC’, Pele scored 448 goals against some big clubs which must be included.

Lionel Messi: Brazilian club Santos deny Argentine has beating Pele’s single club goal

Lionel Messi record of player with most goals for a club is being disputed by Pele’s Santos.
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But despite the controversy, Pele himself personally congratulated Messi for achieving the feat.

He wrote:

“Stories like ours, of loving the same club for so long, unfortunately will be increasingly rare in football. I admire you very much.”

And in celebrating the Messi’s great achievement, a United States beer company Budweiser has decided to send customised bottles of drink to the 160 goalkeepers Messi has scored against.

This means that every goaltender would receive a bottle of the brand for the number of times the attacker has against them, with each bottle numbered on the front of the bottle.

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas will receive 17 bottles having conceded 17 times against the superstar.

Juventus and Italy icon Gianluigi Buffon shared a picture with his bottles with numbers 514 and 515 having allowed two goals from the attacker in their Champions League game in 2017.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that embattled Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has declared interest in playing in the Major League Soccer in future claiming he would love to play in the United States someday.

The future of the Argentine legend remains in doubt as his contract expires at the end of the season amid interests from Premier League club Manchester City.

In his latest interview with Argentine outlet La Sexta, Messi revealed the current situation at Spanish club Barcelona and also spoke about his future.

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