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Ronaldo to go after Pele’s record.
Ledley 1 month ago
Celtic, Australia 39 1170

Ronaldo will go after Pele’s goal scoring record acording to super agent Jorge Mendes.

“The fact is that, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal have already played in three finals, winning two of them.

“Cristiano has reached the remarkable milestone of 700 goals, but I have no doubt that he’ll surpass Pele as the best scorer in football history, and he’ll do it with Juventus.

“After all, 68 goals aren’t a lot for this extraordinary Cristiano Ronaldo, are they? It’s also because I’m convinced that his best is yet to come.”
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As emphatic as Ronaldo's strike-rate is - and, thanks to Saturday's strike against Bologna, his tally now stands at 701 - it still takes a rather optimistic observer to see him surpassing the Brazilian great in these last years of his career.
Pele is credited with no less than 767 official strikes, during his time with Santos, the New York Cosmos and the Brazil national team.

However If one includes the myriad friendlies, tours and exhibition matches O Rei played during the two decades he ruled the roost in world football, that number famously rockets to 1281 goals, a figure that realistically will never be reached by any modern footballer.

The validity of Pele's outrageous statistics almost 60 years on has of course been called into question from time to time.

Not content with brushing aside that haul of unofficial goals – in a very real sense, football's prototype No.10 was a victim of his own success. His Santos side were taken across the world by clubs desperate for a glimpse of the star, whatever the cost – and those doubters also point out that he never played in Europe, padding his record books across the Atlantic Ocean in supposedly weaker competitions such as the Sao Paulo State championship.

The Paulista championship, it is true, has a varied level of competition, mixed as it is between Sao Paulo's heavyweights and regional amateur clubs. But in Santos, Sao Paulo and Corinthians it also boasts three club world champions, as many as Spain and Italy, and more than England.

From Pele to Neymar, Socrates to Careca, Rai and Gabriel Jesus, the regional championship has helped many a Brazil star cut their professional teeth on their way to stardom. The goals may have flowed, but with so many top performers dotted around Sao Paulo's state elite, the 10 titles Pele helped Santos lift were a unique, brilliant achievement.

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Ledley 1 month ago
Celtic, Australia 39 1170

If one wishes to talk about levels of competition, too, it is also worth taking a look at Pele and Ronaldo's respective records at international level. The Portuguese idol has scored 95 with his nation, more than any other player currently active and topping Pele's 77, but in terms of opposition he is open to the same criticism often levelled at O Rei.

Among his tally are five hit past Andorra; another five at the expense of Armenia and Latvia; four against Luxembourg, Lithuania, Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Estonia, all of whom are far from being considered amongst even the middle-ranking nations of international football.

Just four of Ronaldo's 95 goals have come against a previous World Cup winner and none at all in the knockout phase of that competition.

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Ledley 1 month ago
Celtic, Australia 39 1170

Pele, too, boasts goals in four different World Cups, but he can also point to two final strikes and three winners' medals. And, while Ronaldo has taken full advantage of the lop-sided nature of UEFA qualifying competitions to boost his own figures, the Brazilian's strikes were overwhelmingly against top-drawer opposition: six goals against Argentina, further strikes to take down France, West Germany, Italy, England and the great Eusebio's Portugal team.

All that while playing in an age of often blood-curdling physical violence. It is fair to say that, while Ronaldo stars at a time when goals are rather scarcer than in the 1960s and 70s as football has become a more closed sport, the Juventus No.7 has never faced a vicious tackle like the ones against Bulgaria and Portugal that put Pele out of action in the 1966 World Cup.

Ultimately, as one hopefully will have seen for the reasons espoused above, such comparisons between generations are extremely difficult to draw firm conclusions from.

Ronaldo will go down as one of the greats of his time and certainly as a fabled goalscorer, whether or not he musters the 67 strikes he needs to overtake the Brazilian legend.
No matter how many goals he finally nets when the time comes to hang up his boots, he is destined to join Pele in football's pantheon of all-time legends

Full article: https://www.goal.com/en-au/news/the-best-scorer-in-history-what-ronaldo-really-needs-to-overtake-/1a437oqfey2z71bzhsebtfx8pl

What does everyone think? Is 767 Pele’s official tally and will Ronaldo do it?

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Emobot7 1 month ago
401 9908

I'd say 767 and that Ronaldo will propably get over it. Otherwise, its just not fair. But seriously, its amazing to be alive to see player who are have such legendary record in term of goalscoring. Ronaldo was and still is a goal machine, no matter who he is up against. Would be a nice reward for CR7 if in his amazing career, he managed to beat Pele "official" record. :D

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Ledley 1 month ago
Celtic, Australia 39 1170

Yeah, I think it would stamp how good Ronaldos career has been, won’t end the Ronaldo vs Messi debate tho, and long may it continue.

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quikzyyy 1 month ago
Arsenal 410 7870

I think he is kinda the player who won't stop until he beats that record, no matter if he will be 40. legend.

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Emobot7 1 month ago
401 9908

@quikzyyy Indeed. Just hoping his body will keep up with it. No matter how big of a legend he is, time take his tolls nevertheless. Would love to see him keep on playing for a another 10 year though. ;P

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tuan_jinn 18 days ago
Manchester United, Netherlands 188 6512

He looks like he can still pay at this level till 40 and at 41 youngster would still chase in speed.

Incredible

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