Many websites are reporting Messi to surpass Pelé's amount of official goals, 758 to 757.

Most career goals in football history Messi overtakes Pelé

However, the IFFHS states the amount of Pele's official goals is 765 and not 757.

Footballers with 500 or more goals

Where does this 757 figure comes from? How many official goals did Pelé score in his career?

  • It doesn't matter what stats other athletes generate... no one... no one... will ever surpass Pelé. :) Dec 10, 2021 at 6:17
  • Pelé scored 643 goals for Santos, 77 for the Brazilian national team and 37 for the New York Cosmos. This sums up to 757 goals in total. Santos claims that Pelé scored 1091 goals in the club but that counts friendlies, pre-season matches. The official number is 757.
    – Kerk
    Dec 10, 2021 at 12:29
  • here another site with more stats (2021-12-02): the18.com/news/players-most-career-goals-soccer-history appointing: 801 CR7, 767 Pelé and 756 Messi
    – Vickel
    Dec 21, 2021 at 23:43

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The 757 goals come from 3 different main categories:

Domestic tournaments, international tournaments and from the Brazilian national team.

In Domestic tournaments, Pele is to be said to scored 656 goals from 702 matches, 24 international goals in 18 matches, and 77 goals for Brazil in 92 matches. This totals up to 757 goals.

Pele scored the goals in different ways as well. Santos (Pele's club) claims that he scored 643 official goals, and 77 goals for Brazil. The remaining 37 goals comes from the New York Cosmos, at his end of his career in USA. This totals up to the 757 goals as well. (Thank you Kerk).

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