Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi received an award for being the player with the highest number of goals in the world at club level. AS relayed the news that the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) gave the 34-year-old a trophy for this accomplishment.
The Argentine topped the record held by Brazilian football legend Pelé of 645 goals with Santos by adding 672 goals between 2004 and 2021 with the Barcelona shirt.
Messi now wears the Parisian colors, where he continues to extend his individual numbers with the capital club since arriving this past summer, he has ten assists and leads the assists category in Ligue 1.
For Messi, the new trophy marks the 11th number he has received from the IFFHS. The other previous ten were: four to the best player in the world, two to the best international scorer in the world, and four to the best first division scorer in the world.
Historical ranking of scorers
1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona 2004-21: 672 goals
2. Pele-Santos 1957-74: 645
3. Josef Bican – Slavia Prague 1937-55: 541
4. Fernando Peyroteo – Sporting Lisbon 1937-49: 539
5. Gerd Muller – Bavaro1964-79: 526
6. Jimmy McGrory – Glasgow Celtic 1922-37: 522
7. Jimmy Jones-Glenavon 1951-62: 517
8. Joe Bambrick-Linfield 1927-43: 511
9. Uwe Seeler-Hamburg 1954-72: 506