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Pele's goal record continues to cause debate; so how many did he really score? Well, the legendary forward netted 643 "official" goals for Santos, with his overall career tally standing at 767, according to FIFA.
But back in December 2020, Santos claimed that Pele scored 1,091 goals - not the reported 643 goals - for the Brazilian club after Lionel Messi became the highest goalscorer for a single club when he scored for Barcelona against Real Valladolid.
In doing so, seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi broke a long standing record that had previously belonged to Pele since 1974, although Santos strongly denied that achievement.
In fact, they released a lengthy statement to suggest Pele's additional goals in 'official games' against the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus should be counted.
You can watch that moment below.
Carragher called pele a myth on Monday night football, I can sleep well tonight.— 🐼 (@mbnotagain97) March 14, 2022
There is no doubting Pele's iconic status in world football but the uncertainty surrounding the amount of goals he scored in his career often crops up.
But shortly after overtaking him, eagle-eyed fans spotted that the former Santos striker had updated his Instagram to claim that he is football's all-time record scorer.
The three-time World Cup winner's bio suggested that he scored 1,283 goals - a dramatic increase on the goal haul linked to his name.
Pele has updated his Instagram bio 👀— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) January 4, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo overtook his official goal total of 757 yesterday... pic.twitter.com/gGJFG9kDEM
Carragher, meanwhile, has previously placed Lionel Messi above the likes of Pele when it comes to the 'greatest of all time' discussion.
“People always throw Pele and Maradona into the best-ever argument, but I think what Messi has done year-in and year-out in the Champions League trumps that,” he said in the book Messi – The King of Camp Nou.
“Unfortunately, people will always say things like ‘he never did this, won that.’ It’s the same for Liverpool in some seasons. Whatever we achieved, we got opposition fans saying ‘well, you didn’t win the league.’
“The reality is that it can be to do with the manager at the time, the squad of players, the opposition, whatever… Messi could even legitimately argue that he wasn’t even playing in the best international team in the world.
“They did well getting to a final, in which he was player of the tournament. What more can he do?!”
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