One of the greatest footballer of this era, Cristiano Ronaldo, now has the highest number of official goals in football history. He reached this feat after getting a hat trick on Sunday. He was congratulated by the Brazilian soccer great Pelé for surpassing his official tally of goals.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo hit a hat trick for Juventus in a 3-1 win over Cagliari in Serie A to take his total to 770 career goals for club and country.
Pelé took to Instagram to congratulate Ronaldo. He penned down an emotional note stating "@Cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having! I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone."
"Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today. But I leave this photo in your honor, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years," the note further read.
Ronaldo also took to Instagram to express his gratitude to the Brazilian legend. He wrote “There’s no player in the World who hasn’t been raised listening to stories about his (Pelé’s) games, his goals and his achievements, and I’m no exception.”
“And for that reason, I’m filled with joy and pride as I acknowledge the goal that put’s me on top of the World’s goalscoring list, overcoming Pelé’s record, something that I could never have dreamed of while growing up as a child from Madeira.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 668 club goals in total. Five with Sporting Lisbon,118 for Manchester United, 450 for Real Madrid and 95 for Juventus. He has also scored 102 goals for Portugal.