Messi scored the 634th goal for FC Barcelona, equaling Pele's record (video)
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- Hits: 197
Lionel Messi scored the 634th goal in the Barcelona jersey on Saturday, thus equaling the record of the Brazilian football legend Pelé in the number of hits per club. Messi debuted in the Barcelona jersey in 2004, Pelé scored 634 goals in the Santos jersey in 1957-1974. However, the Argentine striker did not leave the field satisfied, because the Catalans only tied with Valencia at home 2: 2. They own the fifth place and lose eight points to the leader Atletico Madrid.
Messi tied the game at 1 - 1 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. After a change of side, the home team took the lead after the acrobatic end of Uruguayan Ronald Arauj, who opened a shooting account in Barca's jersey, but in the final 2 - 2 his compatriot Maximiliano Gomez equalized in the 69th minute.
"There were stages when we had absolute control over the match, but we made mistakes in dangerous areas. It bothers me that we can't play more for the result. I know we are an offensive team and we want to attack and score goals, but sometimes we have to play tactically, "said" blaugranas "coach Ronald Koeman, according to AFP. "However, the fight for the title is not lost, in two months the situation may be completely different," added the Dutch coach, who is trying to build veterans around the veterans of Messi, Sergio Busquets or Jordi Albu. The basic line-up included inexperienced Pedri, Oscar Minguez, Sergino Dest, and Araujo. "Of course, this also affects our results. Young players do not yet have such performance stability, it will come with time and experience," added Koeman.
After last week's first loss of the season at Real Madrid, Atletico scored again and defeated Elche 3: 1. Former Barcelona gunner Luis Suarez, who advanced for the first time after overcoming the coronavirus, contributed two goals to the victory. Diego Simeone's charges have a three-point lead at the top of the table, as Real Sociedad lost 1: 2 to Levante. The defending champion of Real Madrid will start on the Eibar field on Sunday.