Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time top goal scorer


Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is officially football’s top goal scorer of all-time.

The 35-year-old has surpassed Josef Bican for the most goals scored for club and country in football history with his tally now at 760 goals scored.

Ronaldo has continued to defy his age since arriving from Real Madrid for around 100 million Euros in 2018 and his strike against Napoli in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday has now moved him top of the all-time scoring charts.

He had recently moved past Brazilian legend Pele (757) who now moves down to third on the all-time list while Romario is fourth (743) and Ronaldo’s Barcelona rival Lionel Messi makes up the top five with 719 goals to his name so far.

Of his 760 official goals, as recorded by OPTA, a whopping 450 came during his nine-year spell in Spain with Real Madrid while he netted 118 times for Manchester United, 102 for Portugal, 85 for Juventus and five at Sporting Lisbon in his early days.

His most prolific scoring year came in 2013 when he found the back of the net 69 times, but he also recorded 34 in 2007, 35 in 2008, 30 in 2009, 48 in 2010, 60 in 2011, 63 in 2012, 61 in 2014, 57 in 2015, 55 in 2016 and 53 in 2017.

The five-time Champions League winner’s most prolific scoring season was in the 2011/12 campaign with 69 goals overall in one season. He is good with both feet, his head and he is a good set-piece taker which makes him a complete footballer.

Ronaldo has won titles in England, Spain, and Italy. He won the the UEFA Champions League with both United and Madrid, but he is yet to lift the trophy with the Turin side.

He has scored 15 goals in 14 Serie A games this season which has put him as the league’s leading top goal scorer currently.

Last season, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner finished in second place behind Ciro Immobile in the goal scoring charts.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

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