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Santos denies Lionel Messi overtook Pelé in goalscoring record


Hold on, stop the presses, call the Budweiser back… Santos released a statement claiming that Pelé, rather than Lionel Messi, still holds the record for most goals scored for a club.

[Audible gasps]

Messi scored his 644th career strike for Barcelona in a recent game against Real Valladolid, which was presumed to eventually place him above Pelé on football’s all-time scorers list for one team.

however, Santos has now disputed this, releasing a statement in which they claim that the legendary Brazilian in fact scored an absurd 1091 goals during his time with Alvinegro.

“The 448 goals they are trying to disqualify have been scored against the main clubs in these seasons. Pelé scored nine goals against Club America (Mexico) and Colo Colo (Chile) each, he also scored eight goals ahead of Inter Milan, one of the main European clubs in the 1960s, ”said part of the winding statement via the Santos website.

“The list is huge and with great clubs: River Plate, Boca Juniors, Racing, Universidad de Chile, Real Madrid, Juventus, Lazio, Napoli, Benfica and Anderlecht. Barcelona themselves, where Messi plays, were also one of Pelé’s victims: four goals, scored in four games. ”

Pelé in his Santos kit in the 60s | – / Getty Images

The crux of Santos’ argument is that it is unfair to dismiss the goals Pelé scored in friendlies. Ah …

“It must be remembered that clubs could only play friendly matches with the approval of regional and national federations,” the statement continued, defending their legend.

“This is one of the rules imposed by FIFA, the organizer of world football. Taking into account subjective attributes, such as the strength of opponents, is not ideal for compiling statistical data. The numbers are absolute.

“A goal against Eibar is statistically the same as one scored against Valencia. A goal against Transvaal (from Suriname) is worth the same as that scored against Real Madrid, in the middle of the Santiago Bernabeu. ”

Pele himself has yet to weigh in on the “argument”, although he has praised Messi for breaking his record earlier this month.