One of the most important records in the history of world football was held by Pele and it was the one with the most goals with the same team. Lionel Messi equaled it and Pele himself congratulated the FC Barcelona player for having achieved it. For Pele what they did is very meritorious since there are no players like Lionel Messi who have been playing for the same club for so long. But in addition to this record, Lionel Messi and Pele have more things in common than one thought.
Obviously, the first similarity is the record that Messi has just achieved by Pele but later both players also converted even one goal at the Camp Nou. It is surprising to know that Pele played at the FC Barcelona stadium. Another of the similarities is that both Lionel Messi and Pele wore jersey number 10 their entire career and also wore it at the FC Barcelona stadium.
The debut of Pele and Lionel Messi took place in a friendly match and not an official one. Pele debuted at the age of 15 in the first team of Santos and Lionel Messi at 16, it is not a similarity but it was close. Pele was one of the whistleblowers with the best goal statistics in history and in that he surpasses Lionel Messi by some numbers. The Brazilian forward finished his career with 0.93 goals per game and Lionel Messi with 0.79.
The two players were part of the best team of all time chosen by the French magazine France Football. As for their participation in the World Cup, they are two of the youngest players to have scored a goal. Lionel Messi did it with 18 years and Pele with 16. The height of the players is also almost the same and only 2 centimeters separate him since Lionel Messi measures 173 and Pele 175.
Not only did they receive awards for being the top scorers in their leagues or in history, but both Pele and Lionel Messi received distinctions from the governments where they live. Finally, Lionel Messi is about to catch up with Pele as the top scorer in South America, he only has 6 goals left to overcome.