Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Pelé as second-highest goalscorer in history

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has passed Pelé on the list of top scorers in professional football history.

Ronaldo scored his 757th and 758th career goals in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Udinese, edging out Brazilian legend Pele, who accumulated 757 officially recognized goals during his career with Santos and New York Cosmos.

Santos recently joined Pelé in claiming that his goal tally was not exactly correct, claiming that he actually scored 1091 goals for the Brazilian side alone, but the reality is that the record books believe that Pelé did scored only 757 goals in legitimate and competitive matches. No friendlies, soz.

Ronaldo is now one step ahead of Pelé as his 83rd goal for Juventus took him to 758 for club and country. The Portugal international has 102 goals for his country, adding to the 450 he managed for Real Madrid, his 118 for Manchester United and the five he managed during his time with Sporting CP.

Also be prepared for him to take the top spot.

The record is currently held by Slavia Prague legend Josef Bican, who accumulated 759 goals between 1931 and 1955 playing through Austria and the Czech Republic.

Ronaldo walked away from Pelé | FRANCK FIFE / Getty Images

This means Ronaldo, who has 18 goals in 15 games so far this season, only needs one to tie the record and two to make it his own.

Ronaldo’s first chance to break the record will come on Wednesday when Juventus visit Serie A leaders AC Milan, but he will be confident he has reached the top of the mountain when the meeting with Sassuolo comes to an end. the following Sunday. .

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo only needs 2 goals to make the record his own | Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images

The win over Udinese saw Juventus climb to fifth place in Serie A, ten points behind leaders Milan with one game underway.

Despite their disappointing league standings, Juventus only lost their first Serie A game of the season on December 22, a 3-0 loss to Fiorentina, but Andrea Pirlo’s problem has been too many draws – six in 14 games.

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