​Lionel Messi is yet again on course to another season wherein he will cross the 50 goal mark, but this season could be special as he is now closing in on 600 goals for ​FC Barcelona, which also means that he is nearing Brazilian great Pele's all time club goalscoring record of 643 goals. 


​Messi's brace against Manchester United meant that the Argentinean maestro has scored the 597th goal of his career. This season, Messi has scored 33 goals in La Liga and is also the highest goalscorer in the Champions League with 10 goals up till now.


The Argentinean’s total of 597 goals till date has been achieved by scoring 416 La Liga goals, 110 goals in the Champions League, 50 in the Copa del Rey, 13 in the Spanish Super Cup, five at the Club World Cup and three in the European Super Cup.


Talking about Messi's comparison with Pele, the Brazil great hit a total of 643 for Santos between 1956 and 1974, a figure Messi now stands 46 goals shy of.




​AS reveal that this season, in total, Messi has scored 45 goals and has at least nine games remaining, six in LaLiga, two European semi-final legs and the Copa del Rey final in order to score more. However, it definitely looks like the Barcelona legend will take over Pele's all-time record next season.


Despite having such an incredible season once again, Messi's most incredible campaign came in the year 2011-12, when he scored an unbelievable 73 goals in all competitions.


Here's Messi's goal tally from the 2004-05 season being his debut:


2004/05 - 1

2005/06 - 8

2006/07 - 17

2007/08 - 16

2008/09 - 38

2009/10 - 47

2010/11 -  53

2011/12 - 73

2012/13 - 60

2013/14 - 41

2014/15 - 58

2015/16 - 41

2016/17 - 54

2017/18 - 45

2018/19 - 45 (minimum nine games left)