Cristiano Ronaldo is now less than 50 goals away from becoming the most prolific scorer in soccer history, after overtaking Brazil legend Pele

Reuters/Massimo PincaCristiano Ronaldo now has more career goals than Pele.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more goals than Brazilian legend Pele and the second most of any professional soccer player in history.
  • The 35-year-old struck twice as Juventus beat Udinese 4-1 on Sunday, taking his career total of goals to 758, one more than Pele.
  • Only Josef Bican, who hit 805 goals in 530 matches between 1931 and 1955, has now scored more goals than Ronaldo.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more goals than Brazilian legend Pele and the second most of any soccer player in history.

Ronaldo, who was recently named among Insider’s top 50 players in world soccer, struck twice as Juventus beat Udinese 4-1 in Serie A on Sunday, taking his career total of goals for club and country to 758, one more than Pele.

Only Czechoslovakian star Josef Bican, who hit 805 goals in 530 matches between 1931 and 1955 has scored more goals than Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s brace against Udinese means the 35-year-old has now scored 83 times in just 104 games for Juventus.

He also scored 450 times in only 438 games for Real Madrid between 2009 and 2018, 118 times for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009, and five times for boyhood club Sporting Lisbon as a teenager.

For Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 102 times in 170 games.

After hitting the 750th goal of his career in early December, Ronaldo shared a message to Instagram to thank his fans and let them know he isn’t done finding the net yet.

“Thank you to all the players and coaches that helped me reach this amazing number, thank you to all my loyal opponents that made me work harder and harder everyday,” he said, adding: “Next stop: 800 goals! Let’s go!”

Ronaldo overtaking Pele in the all-time scoring charts comes just weeks after the Brazilian lost his record for the most goals scored for a single team to Argentine star Lionel Messi. In December, Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona, overtaking the 643 goals Pele scored for Brazilian side Santos.

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