CRISTIANO RONALDO edged closer to Pele’s all-time goalscoring record with his double against Cagliari yesterday.
The Portuguese mega-star scored two before half-time to put him on 748 OFFICIAL goals as Juventus won 2-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo could soon be the highest goalscorer in football historyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ronaldo edged closer to Pele’s record with a brace against Cagliari
Juve moved second in Serie A with the win – the same position Ronaldo finds himself in the all-time scorer chart.
With 102 international goals for Portugal, yesterday’s brace were Ronnie’s 645th and 646th club goals.
For his first, he cut inside and drove a low effort into the net before adjusting well to a deflected pass for the his second – flicking the ball in when it was headed behind him.
The 748 goal haul comes from 1,024 games – 856 club matches and 168 senior appearances for his country.
Ronaldo, 35, is on course to beat Brazilian legend Pele’s 767 goal haul given his intention to continue playing into his late thirties.
However, arch rival for the ‘greatest player of all time’ title Lionel Messi is also in line to edge ahead of Pele too.
Barcelona’s Argentine icon has scored 711 official goals – 640 for Barcelona and 71 for his country.
He has also played 142 games less than Ronaldo with 882 under his belt so far.
But for now, Ronaldo is edging closer to the top.
There are suggestions he may be even closer to Pele’s total with many arguing the 748 does not include goals scored in unofficial games that should count.
But if he carries on as it is the former Manchester United man will smash the total with official strikes and leave no doubt.
Ronaldo and his Juve team-mates sported red marks on their faces in a campaign to end domestic violence against women.
It is a repeat of last season’s move when Serie A players teamed up with Italian organisation WeWorld Onlus to promote the cause.
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