Ronaldo now second highest scorer

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 00:00 |
Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Pele as the second-highest goalscorer of all-time with a brace for Juventus in their 4-1 win against Udinese on Sunday. 

The Portuguese forward scored his 757th and 758th goal of his illustrious career with the goals coming in either half as Andrea Pirlo’s side moved up to fifth in the Serie A table.

Pele registered 757 goals during his career for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil between 1956 and 1977, but now sits third in the all-time list with Ronaldo now one behind Josef Bican’s total of 759.

Ronaldo has the opportunity to equal and then eclipse Bican - who retired in 1955 - when Juventus visit AC Milan on Wednesday night which will be a crucial match in the Serie A champions’ title defence. 

Juventus sit ten points behind leaders Milan with a game in hand, though three points against Stefano Pioli’s side could haul them back into Scudetto contention. 

Ronaldo now has 656 club career goals since his first season at Sporting Lisbon back in 2002, with the majority of the goals coming at Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old scored 450 goals in 438 appearances while playing in the Spanish capital though Ronaldo also has an esteemed goal tally on the international stage too.

The forward has 102 goals in 120 matches for Portugal and that tally is expected to grow as Fernando Santos’ side look to defend their European Championships title this summer. 

It means former Manchester United man Ronaldo averages a whopping 42 goals-a-season over his 18-year career for both club and country. 

Meanwhile, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is behind Ronaldo in the all-time record for club and country with 742 goals, though the Argentinian forward has managed this total by playing 200 fewer career games than the Juventus star.

Messi also holds the record for the most goals scored for a single club - 644 goals - another record previously held by Pele until the Barcelona man broke it last month with a goal against Valladolid.

The Argentine has since given a bottle of Budweiser for every single goalkeeper he has scored against, with shot stoppers receiving multiple bottles if they conceded more than one goal.

Pele’s former club Santos, however, released a statement that Messi did not break the Brazilian forward’s record last month as he actually scored 1,091 during his 20th-century career.

Ronaldo’s brace against Juventus, meanwhile, was his 14th league goal of the season to top  the Italian top-flight’s scoring charts.    - Daily Mail

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