The 35-year-old forward for the Juventus team, who has only recently recovered from COVID-19, opened the Sunday game scoring a goal against Udinese in the first half of the 4-1 victory. Ronaldo‘s first goal of the game tied him with legendary soccer star, Pelé, at 757 goals. In his illustrious career between 1956 and 1977, Pelé scored a total of 757 goals for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil. Ronaldo’s second goal of the match not only pushed him past Pelé but has placed his goal tally to 14 league goals this season, even though he only played 11 games. Ronaldo’s league goal milestone is noted to be two more than any other player in Serie A. The striker also currently has an average of 42 goals per season for both club and country.
Ronaldo is expected to overtake Josef Bican soon, who holds the record for the most goals made at 759. With just one goal away from sealing his fate as the top scorer in the history of club and country soccer, Ronaldo’s performance in their next game against AC Milan will be crucial to Juventus’ success in Serie A and become a historical landmark in his own career accomplishments. Ronaldo currently has 656 club goals since he first started at Sporting Lisbon in 2002, with a bulk of the goals made during his time with Real Madrid. Playing for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 102 goals in 120 matches. Lionel Messi stands behind Ronaldo on the all-time scoring list, coming in with 742 goals for club and country.
In other sports news, the Cleveland Browns are going to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Pele’s official goal tally ?
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