Cristiano Ronaldo was issued a special commemorative shirt for shattering Pele’s official goalscoring record of 767 goals.
Last weekend, the Juventus and Portuguese powerhouse surpassed the Brazilian’s record with a hat-trick in his side’s 3-1 win over Cagliari, bringing his own tally to 770 goals.
Before the Old Lady’s Serie A match against Benevento on Sunday March 21, which they lost 1 – 0, Ronaldo was given a jersey with the words ‘G.O.A.T 770’ on the back, saying that the Portuguese forwards is the ‘Greatest Of All Time.’
The presentation was done by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.
On reaching the 770th official goal of his professional career, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram, “Today, when I hit the 770th official goal in my professional career, my first thoughts go straight to Pele.”
‘There is no player in the world who hasn’t grown up hearing stories about his playing, ambitions, and accomplishments, and I’m no different.
‘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 goalscoring list, overcoming Pele’s record, something that I could never have dreamed of while growing up as a child from Madeira.’
Pele responded to Ronaldo’s comments, posting: ‘Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches.
‘I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today.’
Ronaldo’s tally of goals includes 668 at club level, including 188 for Manchester United and 450 for Real Madrid, while he has also scored 120 goals at the international level for Portugal.
BREAKDOWN OF CRISTIANO RONALDO’S GOALS
Right foot – 491
?Left foot – 143
?Headers – 134
O?thers – 2