Whatever the time of the year, it is always safe to assume that the great football player Lionel Messi is re-writing history by parading down football records. Despite having an underwhelming season this year, he has broken Pele’s record, one of the most significant club’s football records.
For over four decades, since Pele played his last ever game for Santos, he held the record for the most goals any footballer had scored for one club with 643. Then came Lionel Messi, who has not looked back since making his debut for Barcelona in the mid-2000s. After several achievements such as that for the most goals in a calendar year, or the most goals in La Liga, most goals for Barcelona, and various others, he came for Pele’s. And while it took long, he finally achieved it with a thumper into the bottom corner, helping Barcelona win 3-0 at Valladolid, equaling Pelé’s all-time scoring tally on Saturday.
On this great occasion, Budweiser, one of the primary sponsors of Messi and La Liga, decided to commemorate it by sending out 644 bottles of beer across the world to the 160 goalkeepers who have conceded a Messi goal.
Jan Oblak, one of the world’s finest, has been on the receiving end 10 times, while others like Iker Casillas and Diego Alves will receive 17 and 19 bottles, respectively.
A statement from Budweiser said, ‘644 goals, 644 personalized beers, 160 goalkeepers.’