Valladolid vs Barcelona: Messi breaks record in 0-3 win

Lionel Messi got on the record books yet again, after Barcelona thumped Valladolid away from home on Monday at the Jose Zorrilla Stadium. Lionel Messi’s goal not only sealed three points for the visitors but it also was the Argentine national’s historic milestone in his career. The goal marked 644 goals for Messi with Barcelona, breaking the previous all-time record by Brazilian star Pele for most goals ever with a single club.

Barcelona remained at the fifth spot in the La Liga table with 24 points after 14 games. The win reignited Barca’s title race in the Spanish League. Messi went into the match needing one goal to break Pele’s record for most goals with a single club and went close twice in the opening 20 minutes.

It was in the 21st minute Barcelona took the lead from Clement Lenglet’s goal. Lionel Messi was able to serve up a floating cross over the Valladolid defenders for Lenglet to head away for the opening goal. Ronald Koeman’s boys were playing with a fresh tactical change with three in the back.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 35th minute. It was Martin Braithwaite this time who dabbed in a cross from Sergio Dest, which was orchestrated by Messi, again.

It was in the second half, Messi broke Pele’s record. Pedri’s set up Messi with a cheeky flick and the Argentine made no mistake to finish past Jordi Masip. Barcelona are behind table-toppers Atletico Madrid (32 points from 13 games) by 8 points and 5 points behind second-placed Real Madrid.

Messi later commented on Instagram, “When I started playing football I never thought I’d break any record, especially not the one I achieved today that Pele held. I can only give my thanks to everyone who helped me during these years, my team-mates, my family, my friends, and everyone who supports me every day.”