Brazilian soccer hero Pele refuses to agree that more goals have been scored by modern greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi than himself, and that he’s not the best goal scorer ever in football. As Juventus defeated Udinese on Sunday, Ronaldo scored the 758th goal of his career, one more than Pele accomplished between 1956 and 1977 for Santos, Brazil, and the New York Cosmos. Only Czechoslovak hero Josef Bican, who scored 805 goals from 1931 to 1955 in 530 matches, has now scored more career goals than Ronaldo.
The 80-year-old says he scored 1,283 goals throughout his career on his profile page on the website, much more than the number he is commonly credited with.
Since then, Pele has refuted claims that he has updated his Instagram biography, saying that since he entered the site, it has been the same. First, Messi became the highest goal scorer for a single club in football history when he scored his 644th goal for Barcelona, which eclipsed the 643 that Pele amassed in his Santos days.
Then, Ronaldo climbed into second in the all-time goalscoring charts behind Josef Bican, overtaking Pele’s total in the process he scored the 758th objective of his career on Juventus duty.
As some may already be aware, it is apparent that Pele’s 1,238 strikes claim to be a little shifty as far as their validity is concerned. It is not to be denied that Pele has more than 1,000 times in matches of any level kicked a football in the past, but only over 60% of them had been in competitive ties.
According to Sky Sports, the Guinness Book of Records scored over 500 of Pele’s goals at casual friendships and visiting tournaments. Goals scored for the Sixth Coast Guard were included in the number in military contests.
The Portuguese broke the deadlock in the Juventus Series A game against Udinese, making it close to the Brazilian career record of 757 goals, and by the second half, Pele’s record had been shattered. This is Ronaldo’s eighteenth straight calendar year. In the latest FIFTEEN seasons, he has perhaps more impressively scored at least 20 club and country goals as well.
The guy just doesn’t age.
Lionel Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona on Tuesday, shattering Pele’s long record for the most goals scored for a single team. A six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Messi is no stranger to breaking milestones in the football world, and he set another in the 65th minute against Valladolid, just days after leveling Pele’s record on the weekend.
Following the achievement, Messi, 33, said on Instagram: “When I started playing football, I never thought I would break a record. Especially the one I broke today, which was Pele’s.”
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