Lionel Messi scores his 644th Barcelona goal, passing Pelé for most with one club

Lionel Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona on Tuesday, putting him ahead of Brazilian legend Pele for the most by one player with a single club team. (David S. Bustamante/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi stands alone as the player with the goals for a single club.

Three days after equaling Pelé, who scored 643 times for Santos in his native Brazil, Messi broke the deadlock to notch his record-breaking 644th goal for Barcelona. The 33-year-old Argentine scored Barcelona’s third goal to make it 3-0 over La Liga rival Valladolid on Tuesday.

The historic marker came following some pretty interplay from the visitors, with Pedri providing a spectacular primary assist with a slick back-heel pass:

The goal was Messi’s seventh this season in the Spanish top flight and his third in Barcelona’s last four league games.

Messi joined Barca’s youth ranks at 13. While he has only ever worn the club’s famous red- and blue-striped shirt at the professional level, he tried to force his way out of Barcelona last summer, ultimately unsuccessfully . Messi’s contract expires at the end of this season and he has yet to sign an extension, putting his future with the Blaugrana in doubt.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.