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Santos: Messi has not broken Pele’s goalscoring record

Brazilian Club Santos has come out and broken the silence over recent claims that FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had broken their Legend, Pele’s goalscoring record of 643 goals for a single club when he scored his last against Real Valladolid.

Santos FC have published a detailed account explaining why, in their view, Messi is yet to break Pele’s record claiming the former Brazilian international had scored 1091 goals for the Brazilian Club, including those during friendly matches.

A statement written by a member of the Association of Researchers and Historians at Santos FC reads; “The matches were played in official uniforms, with the official rules of the game and with a score sheet.”

“The numbers are absolute.

“A goal against Eibar is statistically the same as that scored against Valencia.

“A goal against Transvaal (from Suriname) has the same value as a goal scored at Real Madrid, in the middle of the Santiago Bernabeu.”

They say their friendlies were given approval by regional and national federations and “taking subjective attributes into account, such as the weakness of opponents, is not ideal for compiling statistical data”.

The Brazilian club also point out some of Pele’s ‘friendly goals’ were scored against major teams such as Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Boca Juniors, River Plate and even Barcelona themselves.

However, Pele reached out and congratulated Messi for having beaten his record.

It should be noted that Pele scored 643 career goals in 665 competitive matches with Santos FC in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Messi required 749 matches to break the record. However, Pele played 19 seasons in Brazil to reach the mark while Messi was in his 17th season in Spain.

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