Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo etched his name in the record books as professional football’s all-time leading scorer with 807 goals after a brilliant hat-trick against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Although the all-time top goalscorer title in football is much contested and FIFA does not keep an official record, but the world governing body estimates that Austro-Czech Josef Bican netted 805 goals during a career that lasted from 1931 to ’55.
Ronaldo’s 12th-minute opener at Old Trafford was a superb strike from distance that helped him equal the record.
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The Portugal international then went past Bican with a tap in from Jadon Sancho’s neat pass to put United 2-1 in front before powerfully heading home his third to spark wild celebrations in the stands as United won 3-2.
It was the 59th hat-trick of Ronaldo’s career and his first for the Old Trafford side since 2008 following his return.
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Ronaldo’s goals have been scored for Sporting, United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and the Portugal national team.
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The Czech FA has said that Bican’s total was actually 821 goals following a review of his statistics.
Top 10 goal-scorers in men’s football history
.Cristiano Ronaldo – 807
.Josef Bican – 805
.Romario – 772
.Lionel Messi – 759
.Pele – 757
.Ferenc Puskas – 746
.Gerd Muller – 734
.Ferenc Deak – 576
.Uwe Seeler – 575
.Tulio Maravilha – 575
Brazilian strikers Pele and Romario each scored more than 1,000 goals during their careers, but those statistics include strikes in amateur, unofficial and friendly matches.