Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after exceeding Pele’s record for the most goals in a professional career, assuring fans that his story is “far from over” after notching up another major milestone. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus got back to winning ways in Serie A with a 4-1 victory over Udinese in Turin on Sunday. Pele has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for ‘breaking his record’ of goals scored in official matches.
The 36-year-old took to Instagram to tell his 270 million followers he could now claim the record, having matched Pele’s 767 on March 2. “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,” Ronaldo wrote. Brazilian great Pele, 80, wrote on Instagram to his 5.8 million followers: “Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. “I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. “My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today.” Ronaldo’s goals include 668 for club sides — five with Sporting Lisbon, 118 for Manchester United, 450 for Real Madrid and 95 for Juventus. He has also scored 120 for Portugal.
Ronaldo opened the scoring with a trademark drive, after latching on to Aaron Ramsey’s pass in the 31st minute. Ronaldo’s second goal put the result beyond any doubt as he took his goal tally to 14 league goals for the season — two more than anyone else in Serie A — in the 70th minute. As the Portuguese talisman slotted past the keeper’s left from a Bentancur pass, he surpassed Pele record of 757 goals and scored his 758th one.