Cristiano Ronaldo becomes ‘greatest-ever’ goal scorer
Published: 03:52 PM, 21 January 2021 Updated: 03:53 PM, 21 January 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest goal scorer in the history of football with his 760th senior goal on Wednesday against Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final.
The title of the greatest goal scorer is much contested, and global governing body FIFA does not keep an official record, but several media outlets reported that Ronaldo’s strike had taken him past Austro-Czech Josef Bican to the top of the list.
Bican, as well as Brazilian strikers Pele and Romario, scored in excess of 1,000 goals during their careers but those statistics include strikes in amateur, unofficial and friendly matches.
Ronaldo’s career tally includes goals for four top-flight clubs and Portugal with his closest active rival being Argentine Lionel Messi, who last month scored a single club record 644th goal for Barcelona.
The 35-year-old Ronaldo, who is the leading goal scorer for his country with 102 goals, previously 5 for Sporting Libson, 118 for Manchester United, and 450 for Real Madrid. He has scored 85 goals for Juventus so far.