Cristiano Ronaldo once again showed why he is considered one of the best players in the world.
The Portuguese international scored a historic hat-trick when Juventus thrashed Cagliari Calcio 3-1 in a Serie A clash on Sunday night.
The Brazilian legend Pele congratulated the four-time Ballon d’Or winner after he scored the record-breaking hat-trick which took him past Pele’s tally of goals scored in official matches.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick takes his career goals to 770 – three clear ahead of Pele’s tally of 767.
“Life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having. I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches,” Pele wrote on his official Instagram account.
The 36-year-old playmaker said he can’t wait for the next challenges after surpassing Pele’s all-time scoring record.
The Juventus marksman also took to Instagram to explain why he is only acknowledging the record this time around.
“In the last few weeks were filled with news and stats considering me the world’s top scorer in football history, overcoming Pele’s 757 official goals. Although I’m thankful for that recognition, now it’s time for me to explain why I didn’t acknowledge that record until this moment,” stated the speedy forward.
“My everlasting and unconditional admiration for mister Edson Arantes do Nascimento [Pele], such as the respect that I have for mid-20th century football, led me to take into account his 767 score, assuming his nine goals for Sao Paulo State Team, as well as his single goal for the Brazilian Military Team, as official goals. The world has changed since then and football has changed as well, but this doesn’t mean that we can just erase history according to our interests.
“Today, as I reach the 770th official goal in my professional career, my first words go straight to Pele. There’s no player in the world who hasn’t been raised listening to stories about his games, his goals and his achievements, and I’m no exception. 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.”
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By FARPost Reporter