Lionel Messi surpasses Pele's all-time goal record in PSG win

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi became the highest-scoring South American footballer of all-time
Lionel Messi became the highest-scoring South American footballer of all-time / John Berry/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker creating/breaking numerous records during his career so far, including winning a record seven Ballon d'Or awards.

Messi was at it again during Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 win over Club Brugge, netting a brace on the night to take his career tally of goals to 758, thereby overtaking Brazil legend, Pele in the goalscorers list and becoming the highest scoring South American footballer of all-time.

This also means that the 34-year-old is now the second highest scorer of all-time, behind long-term rival, Cristiano Ronaldo who recently passed the 800 career goal mark. The 36-year-old has scored a club-high 450 goals for Real Madrid, 130 for Manchester United, 101 for Juventus and five for Sporting Lisbon to add to the 115 strikes he has for Portugal.

Messi meanwhile has scored a club record 672 goals for Barcelona, six for his present club PSG and 80 for Argentina. The number of goals that Pele has been a source of contention as both the player and his former club Santos refused to acknowledge that Ronaldo had surpassed his tally earlier this year.

Messi and Ronaldo are without doubt two of the greatest players in the history of football and it will be interesting to see where they end up in terms of numbers as they wind up their careers.