Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Pele, becomes 2nd highest goalscorer ever as Juventus beat Udinese
Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Pele to become the second-highest goalscorer ever with his double for Juventus in a Serie A match against Udinese on Sunday.
Ronaldo scored his 757th and 758th goal in either half of a 4-1 win as Juventus got back to winning ways in Serie A. Summer signing Federico Chiesa also got his name on the scoresheet, but all the limelight was on Cristiano Ronaldo once again.
Ronaldo opened the scoring with a trademark drive, after latching on to Aaron Ramsey’s pass, in the 31st minute, before threading a perfect through ball into the path of Federico Chiesa to score Juve’s second goal four minutes into the second half.
Ronaldo has now moved ahead of the Brazilian legend in the all-time goal-scoring list, with Czech Republic icon Josef Biscan the only player ahead of him. Ronaldo is only one goal away from equaling Josef Bican’s goal tally and looks set to make that record his own in the coming weeks.
Ronaldo has now scored 758 goals for club and country with the majority of them coming during a trophy-laden career with Real Madrid. Ronaldo has now scored in his 20th successive calendar year. Even more impressively, he’s also scored at least 20 goals for club and country in the last fifteen seasons.
Pirlo admitted his team had initially struggled to make an impact as the players were still haunted by memories of their shock 3-0 defeat by Fiorentina in their final game before the winter break.
“We started frightened after the match against Fiorentina, we were afraid of the depth of the opponents,” Pirlo told Sky Sports.
Juventus superstar now sits second in the list of all-time goal-scoring charts in football, only behind Austrian-Czech legend Josef Bican, who had netted 805 official goals in 530 matches between 1932 and 1955. Bican had played for the likes of Slavia Prague, Rapid Vienna along with representing Austria and Czechoslovakia at the international level.
Ronaldo’s first-half strike marked the 15th consecutive season he has plundered 20 goals for club and country.
Ronaldo followed that up with an assist and another goal to complete a wonderful individual performance, and he has now scored twice in six Serie A matches this season, a joint-record alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski across the big five European leagues.
The defending champions are at the fifth spot with 27 points in 14 games. They will next take on table-toppers Milan on Thursday. (ANI)