Pele: Lionel Messi Proves He's on Brazilian's Level with Record-Breaking Goal

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 13, 2012

MALLORCA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 11:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the warm up prior to the La Liga match between RCD Mallorca and FC Barcelona at Iberostar Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Mallorca, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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If you needed any more proof that Lionel Messi is one of the greatest of all time you got it on Sunday night when the Argentinian scored twice against Mallorca to bring his season tally to 76 goals.

That mark broke Pele's record of 75 goals in a campaign. 

Messi, who has scored 64 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina this season, continues to add to his legend as the comparisons to all-time greats Pele and Diego Maradona grow louder.

He has now scored over 300 career goals, including 15 goals in 11 La Liga matches this season (tops in the league).

It is not only the astounding number of goals Messi seems to score at will, it's that a lot of these goals have been highly difficult and, frankly, impossible to defend or save. 

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova talked to ESPN about Messi's record scoring:

Leo continually breaks records. His goal tally is spectacular. It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he scores in one season. Also, some of his goals are absolute beauties.

Messi's second goal against Mallorca on Sunday was another one of those beauties.

He swung the ball home into the upper left-hand corner of the net to put the match away in the 70th minute. Goalkeeper Dudu Aouate dived for the ball only to see it move impossibly beyond his grasp.

The greats have a way of imposing their will on a match that can absolutely deflate opponents. For a game so predicated on team play, it's incredibly disappointing and frustrating for an opponent to see Messi single-handedly put games out of reach.

It simply isn't meant to happen in the game of football.

The debate is still up in the air as to who the greatest of all time is. One thing we can be sure of is that Messi is one of the greatest of all-time and certainly the greatest of his generation.

When a player like Messi is on the pitch you simply sit back and admire his artwork. Even his opponents have been caught in a trance from time to time.

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