Seven-Time Ballon d’Or Winner Messi Surpasses Pele in All-Time Career Goals Following Strike vs Club Brugge

Seven-Time Ballon d’Or Winner Messi Surpasses Pele in All-Time Career Goals Following Strike vs Club Brugge

  • Lionel Messi is now the second man with most career goals in the game of football following his brace against Club Brugge
  • The Paris Saint-Germain superstar found the back of the net in either half of the encounter to take his goals tally to 758
  • Messi has now surpassed legendary Pele’s 757 goals record to become the second all-time highest goals scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo who has 801

Argentine legend Lionel Messi has scored his 758th professional career goal following his brace in PSG’s Champions League showdown against Club Brugge, Evening Standard reports.

The 34-year-old, who bagged his seventh Ballon d’Or title on November 29, seems to be settling down gradually at the French club having moved there during the summer.

He becomes the second man with most official goals in the history of football behind fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has 801 goals, Bolavip reports.

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Lionel Messi surpasses Pele's all-time goals record. Photo: Harry Langer
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The Portuguese striker grabbed a brace in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League over the weekend to extend his tally.

But Messi is closing in after the Argentine found the back of the net twice on Tuesday night as the Parisians saw off Club Brugge 4-1.

Kylian Mbappe had scored a brace for the hosts as early as the seventh minute, and Messi scored a goal each in either half to take his tally to 758 goals.

It is a landmark achievement for the former Barcelona captain who has now surpassed legendary Pele’s record on the all-time goal scorer’s chart.

It was also a night of record for Kylian Mbappe after scoring 2 goals in 7 minutes to become the youngest player in the Champions League history to score 30 goals.

Suarez reveals why Messi is struggling at PSG

Meanwhile, former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has narrated why his pal Lionel Messi is struggling at French club Paris Saint-Germain.

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The South American pair are best of friends and Suarez has disclosed that the cold weather is why the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is struggling in the French capital.

Messi’s move to France led him to reunite with ex-Barca star Neymar as he formed part of an attacking trio along with Kylian Mbappe.

And according to Suarez, Messi is finding it difficult to settle at his new club due to the cold in France.

How countries voted in Ballon d’Or

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Argentine legend Lionel Messi was named the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner, scooping the prestigious prize for a seventh time, and the only man to do so.

The 2021 edition of the award has continued to generate controversies and now the voting has been released - with most of the European countries voting for Robert Lewandowski.

In fact, Brazil did not even name Messi in the top five in the world, despite that the Argentine led his nation to beat them in the Copa America final.

Source: Sports Brief News