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Messi equals Pele’s record for most goals with one club

Udhav Arora



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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.

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.

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Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons

Domagoj Kostanjšak



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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.

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