Lionel Messi is used to making history. One of his last records was on December 22 of last year, when he scored his 644th goal for Barcelona and passed the mark with the highest number of conquests with the same shirt that Pelé kept defending the Santos shirt. The footwear that he used that day was transferred to the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya and after several months on display, it was auctioned.
With the aim of helping children with oncological diseases, an initiative that is part of the Art and Health program that has been carried out since 2018 together with the Vall d'Hebron hospital and the Institut Català de la Salut, managed to raise an impressive figure. "Proud that the auction of my ankle boots 644 raised 125,000 pounds (the equivalent of 176,250 dollars) for an incredible cause: to improve the physical and mental health of children who fight against a disease," Messi himself communicated on his social networks.
Lionel followed the charity movement closely and had spoken last year about his generous donation. “Reaching this historic milestone of 644 goals with the same club gives me great joy, but the most important thing is being able to give something back to children who are struggling with their health. We hope that the May auction will generate a lot of awareness about this great cause”, he highlighted at the time.
La Pulga broke that mark in 749 games, while Edson Arantes do Nascimento achieved 643 in 757 games played with Santos from Brazil between 1956 and 1974. It took 46 years for a footballer to emulate and overcome that impressive milestone that distinguished to the Brazilian and that no one thought he would be equaled.
The breakdown of the goals at the time he broke the record showed that his 644 shouts were distributed in six different competitions: 451 were for La Liga (highest scorer), 118 for Champions League (second highest scorer), 53 for Copa del Rey, 14 for the Spanish Super Cup (top scorer), 5 for the Club World Cup and 3 for the European Super Cup.