Argentina and Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest.
The forward has won a number of professional and individual honours, including a record five Ballon d'Or awards, and is now coming close to breaking Pele's record of scoring the most goals for a single club.
The 32-year-old, who has spent his entire career at the Nou Camp, is the club's all-time record goalscorer and was at it again over the weekend, netting a goal during their 4-0 win over Sevilla, which took his tally to 604 career goals.
Competitive International goals scored:— Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) September 8, 2019
Diego Maradona: 17
Lionel Messi: 35
Cristiano Ronaldo: 72
GOAT for club and country
Messi is on course to break the Brazilian legend's record. As per AS, Pele's long-standing record of 643 goals which he scored in his 18 years at Santos.
The three-time World Cup winner had amassed the record between 1956 and 1974, and until the Argentinian's arrival, no one stood a chance of breaking. Only German legend Gerd Muller came close in the past when he scored 565 goals for Bayern Munich between 1964 to 1979.
Messi is just 39 strikes behind Pele and given that he has scored over 40 goals in each of his last 10 campaigns, he appears well placed to break that record.
Since his senior debut for Barcelona in 2004, Messi has