Time.news – Pele paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese with his hat-trick in Cagliari broke his record for goals in official matches, reaching 770 against O’Rey’s 767. “Life is a solo flight”, the 80-year-old Brazilian legend wrote on Instagram, “everyone makes their own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are making. I admire you very much, I love to see you play and this is no secret to anyone”. “Congratulations on breaking my record for goals in competitive matches,” concluded Pele.
After all, it was CR7 himself who turned his thoughts to Pele immediately after the record. “Today, when I reach the official goal of 770 goals in my professional career, my first words are for Pele”, he wrote on Instagram, “There is no player in the world who has not grown up listening to stories about his goals and his successes and I am no exception”.
A controversial record
The title of best scorer ever in official matches, in fact, is still controversial. The Football Association of the Czech Republic claims that former Austria and Czechoslovak striker Josef Bican he is the most prolific scorer of all time with 821 goals, scored between the 1930s and 1950s. From the data of the sports statistics foundation Rec.Sport.Soccer (RSSSF) it emerges instead that he would have scored 805, 37 of which, however, with the reserves of Rapid Vienna and with amateur teams, plus others scored in unofficial international matches and this would leave him at an altitude of 759, below Pele and CR7.
For his part, the Juve striker clarified his position with respect to Pele’s record (which for some would have stopped at 757 goals, not 767), writing about it immediately after the game at the Sardegna Arena, where he scored with the head, on a penalty and with a left diagonal. “The last few weeks have been filled with news and statistics that consider me the best world scorer in football history, for surpassing Pele’s 757 official goals. Although I am grateful for all of this, now is the time for me to explain why I haven’t recognized that record until now. ” “My eternal and unconditional admiration for Pele led me to consider his score of 767, also counting the goals for the Sao Paulo State team and the Brazilian military team. The world has changed since then and football has changed too, but that doesn’t mean we can just erase history at will. ”
The goals in the national team
“Thanks to everyone who took part in this fantastic journey with me”, concluded the Portuguese forward, “believe me, this story is still far from over. The future is tomorrow and there is still a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal! “. Just with Portugal, Ronaldo can put in the sights Ali Daei’s record for international goals, scored 109 times with Iran between 1993 and 2006. CR7 is at 99 and exceeding this record is difficult but not impossible.