Ronaldo netted a hat trick in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Cagliari on Sunday to maneuver onto 770 profession goals, three greater than Pele.
The 35-year-old Ronaldo took to Instagram to acknowledge his achievement in addition to the Brazilian’s affect on his profession, prompting Pele to answer.
“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 solely remorse just isn’t with the ability to offer you a hug right this moment. But I go away this picture in your honor, with nice affection, because the image of a friendship that has existed for a few years.”
Portugal’s leading goalscorer with 102 goals, Ronaldo previously played for Sporting Lisbon (five goals), Manchester United (118) and Real Madrid (450) and has now scored 95 times for Juventus.
However, whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is now the top goalscorer in history is still very much up for debate.
Debate over all-time top goalscorer
The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF), an international organization dedicated to collecting statistics about the game, still lists the late Austro-Czech striker Josef Bican as the sport’s all-time top goalscorer with more than 805 goals.
However, it notes that some of those goals came in amateur and reserve club matches, as well as non-official international games. Adjusting his total tally accordingly, multiple reports suggest Bican’s official total is 759 goals.
The Guinness Book of World Records has Pele as scoring 1,279 goals in his career but the authenticity of this tally has come under scrutiny with many of those coming in unofficial matches.
After netting his hat-trick, Ronaldo revealed the tally he was aiming for and explained why he was only now acknowledging passing Pele’s record now.
“Today, as I attain the 770th official aim in my skilled profession, my first phrases go straight to Pele. There’s no participant in the world who hasn’t been raised listening to tales about his video 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 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.”
The 33-year-old Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s long-time rival, is at the moment 40 goals behind the Portugal worldwide however is youthful and has performed fewer video games.
Matias Grez contributed to this report.