Ronaldo salutes Pele after surpassing his official goal record

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Cristiano Ronaldo hailed Pele after he surpassed the Brazilian great’s goal-scoring haul in official matches.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Juventus’ 3-1 Serie A win over Cagliari on Sunday.

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.

They claimed that he had supposedly surpassed the record set by Austro-Czech striker Josef Bican.

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However, the Czech FA subsequently said in January that Bican’s total was actually 821 goals.

This was following a review of his statistics during a career spanning from 1931 to 1955.

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Meanwhile, Ronaldo ignored Bican’s revised total to claim he was now on top of the scoring pile.

“My everlasting and unconditional admiration for mister Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele), such is the respect that I have for mid-20th century football, led me to take into account his 767 score, assuming his 9 goals for Sao Paulo State Team, as well as his single goal for the Brazilian Military Team, as official goals,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.

‘Today, as I reach the 770th official goal in my professional career, my first words go straight to Pele. There’s no player in the world who hasn’t been raised listening to stories about his games, his goals and his achievements, and I’m no exception.

“And for that reason, I’m filled with joy and pride as I acknowledge the goal that puts me on top of the world’s goal scoring list, overcoming Pele’s record, something that I could never have dreamed of while growing up as a child from Madeira.”

“.Thanks to all of those who took part of this amazing journey with me. To my teammates, to my opponents, to the fans of the beautiful game all over the World and, above all, to my family and close friends: trust me when I say that I couldn’t have done it without you.”

“Now I can’t wait for the next games and challenges! The next records and trophees! Believe me, this story is still far from being over. The future is tomorrow and there’s still a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal!” he added.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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