Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Pele to become second-highest goalscorer

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Cristiano Ronaldo has passed Pele to become the second-highest goal scorer ever following his double against Udinese.

The 35-year-old forward scored twice in the 4-1 win to keep the pressure on the top four in Serie A.

Ronaldo scored his 757th and 758th goal of his illustrious career with the goals coming in either half as Andrea Pirlo’s side moved up to fifth in the Serie A table.

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a fine strike which left the Udinese back line helpless
Ronaldo opened the scoring with a fine strike which left the Udinese back line helpless

Pele registered 757 goals during his career for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil between 1956 and 1977.

But now, Pele sits third in the all-time list with Ronaldo now one behind Josef Bican’s total of 759. 

Ronaldo has the opportunity too equal and then eclipse Bican when Juventus visit AC Milan on Wednesday night which will be a crucial match in the Serie A champions’ title defence. 

He made no mistake with his left foot to tuck home his second and Juve's third on the night
He made no mistake with his left foot to tuck home his second and Juve’s third on the night

Ronaldo now has 656 club career goals since his first season at Sporting Lisbon back in 2002, with the majority of the goals coming at Real Madrid.

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The 35-year-old scored 450 goals in 438 appearances while playing in the Spanish capital though Ronaldo also has an esteemed goal tally on the international stage too.

The forward has 102 goals in 120 matches for Portugal and that tally is expected to grow as Fernando Santos’ side look to defend their European Championships title this summer. 

Ronaldo has now overtaken Brazilian forward Pele (above) - who scored 757 career goals
Ronaldo has now overtaken Brazilian forward Pele (above) – who scored 757 career goals

The rest have been for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Juventus.

It means former Manchester United man Ronaldo averages a whopping 42 goals-a-season over his 18-year career for both club and country. 

Ronaldo is one goal from equalling Czech striker Josef Bican (above)'s record of 759 goals
Ronaldo is one goal from equalling Czech striker Josef Bican (above)’s record of 759 goals

The new landmark comes just weeks after Lionel Messi broke Pele’s record tally for the most goals with one club.

Ronaldo’s brace against Udinese meanwhile, was his 14th league goal of the season with the 35-year-old currently leading the Italian top-flight’s scoring charts. 

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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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