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Pele’s former club insists Messi has not broken Brazil legend’s record

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Santos has released a statement insisting Lionel Messi has not broken Pele’s goalscoring record for a single club.

According to them, Messi will have to score 448 more Barcelona goals to achieve the feat.

Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona against Real Valladolid on Tuesday last week, seemingly eclipsing the Brazilian great’s long-standing record of 643 official goals for Santos.

However, the South American club released a statement on Sunday, claiming the official tally stands at 1,091 goals, as the 448 scored in friendly matches should be counted.

Santos claim that “a goal against Transvaal (from Suriname) has the same value as a goal scored at Real Madrid, in the middle of the Santiago Bernabéu”.

Santos claim that “a goal against Transvaal (from Suriname) has the same value as a goal scored at Real Madrid, in the middle of the Santiago Bernabéu”.

We have to remember that clubs could only play friendly matches with the endorsement of regional and national federations, one of the rules imposed by FIFA, the organizer of world football.

“Taking subjective attributes into account, such as the weakness of opponents, is not ideal for compiling statistical data. The numbers are absolute.”

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