Pele goals record

Messi equals Pele's record of 643 goals for a single club

The Argentinian star, 33, hit the milestone goal with a diving header just before halftime immediately after his penalty was saved by Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech.

Pele scored 643 goals in 19 seasons for Brazilian side Santos.


Ronaldo chasing Puskas after beating Pele goals record

It means he now stands joint-fourth on the all-time list – his third of the evening at Boavista's Estadio do Bessa lifting him above Brazil's all-time great Pele, who finished his career as a three-time World Cup winner with 77 goals.

Ronaldo is now on to 14 goals for the current qualifying campaign, equalling Predrag Mijatovic's European record on the road to the 1998 World Cup.

The 32-year-old sits level with Iraq's Hussein Saeed on the all-time list and has another Madrid icon in his sights.