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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes top scorer in football history

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Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Wednesday night when he found the net for Juventus to overtake Josef Bican and become football’s all-time top scorer.

Ronaldo opened the scoring for Juventus in their Supercoppa Italiana clash with Napoli to bring his club-country combined goal tally to 760, one more than Bican’s 759.

The Czech striker retired in 1955, with his all-time goal scoring record for 65 years.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo broke the record against Napoli | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

Ronaldo has spent much of his career smashing goal scoring records, and the 2020/21 season was no exception. He scored twice against Sweden in September to reach a century of goals for Portugal, and was on track against Udinese in January to overtake Pelé and become the second-highest goalscorer in football history.

Ronaldo made the record his own on Wednesday night just past the hour mark. Federico Bernardeschi’s corner was left untreated and the free ball fell to the Portugal international, who instinctively sent a half volley into the net.

The forward has scored 658 goals at club level for Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, in addition to the 102 goals he has scored for Portugal. More than half of his goals have been scored in nine extraordinary years at the Bernabeu, where he has scored a ridiculous 450 goals in just 438 games.

Last season, Ronaldo became the first man to score half a century in Serie A, Premier League and La Liga.

Pelé is third on the all-time record chart with 757 goals for club and country (but we have no doubt that he will quickly challenge that figure).

Brazilian Romario is fourth with 743 goals and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi rounds out the top five with 719 goals – but he’s two-year-old Ronaldo’s junior.