Lionel Messi has finally equalled Pele’s record for the most goals with one club as he hit a free header vs Valencia to score his 643rd goal.
Pele: "Messi only shoots with one leg, only has one skill. And doesn't head the ball well."— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) December 19, 2020
Ironic how Messi equals Pele's record by scoring a header…
Everyone expected Messi to hit this record sooner, especially after he did not move to Manchester City in the summer, but it has been a long wait for everyone, including the Argentine himself. Barcelona or none of the players are particularly enjoying a great season as they sit outside the top 4 after 12 games.
Messi, especially, has been en route to a rather dull campaign, having scored no more than nine goals so far in all competitions, including the one today. It has finally happened, however, and the dreaded wait is over – goal no. 643 is here, the wait is over, and it does not look like the record will stand for much longer.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.