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Pele congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo for breaking his goals record

Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Brazil great Pele as the leading goalscorer in world football and has posted about it on Instagram.

He scored a hat-trick as Juve beat Cagliari 3-1 in Serie A Sunday evening and that took his goal tally to 770 official career goals.

Pele has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for breaking his record for goals in “official matches” .

“Life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having! I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches,” Pele, who posted a picture of himself and Ronaldo embracing, said on Instagram.

“My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today. But I leave this photo in your honor, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”

Since football’s world governing body FIFA does not keep an official record of who is on top of the all-time scoring list, it is a benchmark that is hotly contested.

Several media outlets previously hailed Ronaldo for breaking the record when he reached 760 goals as he had supposedly surpassed the record set by Austro-Czech striker Josef Bican.

However, the Czech FA subsequently said in January that Bican’s total was actually 821 goals, following a review of his statistics during a career spanning from 1931 to 1955.

According to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF), an online database of historical soccer statistics that is used as a general guide by several mainstream sports media outlets, including ESPN, Pele has scored 775 goals across additional appearances for a “military team” and for a “Sao Paolo Selection” between 1959 and 1962 — eight more than Pele himself claims.

Ronaldo celebrated the milestone after the game and explained his reasons for waiting to acknowledge it.

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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