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One-club goalscorers: Messi hot on Pelé's heels

Both all-time top scorers for their clubs, La Pulga has scored 559 goals in a Barça shirt, compared with the Brazil legend's 643 for Santos.

One-club goalscorers: Messi hot on Pelé's heels

As things stand, there is only one player in the annals of the game that has scored more goals for one club than Leo MessiEdson Arantes do Nascimiento, or Pelé, still holds the record - although figures differ, according to the offical number compiled by IFFHS (the International Federation of Football History and Statistics) Pelé scored 643 goals in 757 official matches for Santos 

PSV hat-trick

Following his effortless hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven, Messi made it 559 goals in 638 games: 387 in LaLiga, 103 in the Champions League, 48 in the Copa del Rey, 13 in the Spanish Super Cup and five in the Club World Cup.

Just another 84

Consequently, La Pulga needs 84 goals to reach Pelé's total, a number that would seem a step too far for most. But for a player who slammed, passed and curled in 73 goals in one season (2011-12) a more pertinent quesiton would be: When? In fact, Messi glided past another football legend last season, overtaking Gerd Müller's 525 goals for Bayern between 1964 and 1979, although there were claims that Müller's tally was 27 short because it failed to include goals scored in regional competitions. Not that it would've made any difference. 

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