What's Ronaldo's new world record?
Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo is now football’s all-time top goalscorer.
Yes, you read that right. Our former no. 7 has now scored more goals than anyone else in football history.
Ronaldo’s winner for Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana final victory over Napoli on Wednesday night was the 760th goal of his incredible career. The Portuguese superstar achieved the world record in his 1,038th career appearance, beating a statistic that has stood for 66 years.
Cristiano's strike for the Italian giants in their 1-0 win meant he surpassed Czech forward Josef Bican, who scored a ridiculous 759 goals in 495 appearances between 1931-1955. The late Bican, who passed away in 2001, plied his trade in Austria and the former Czechoslovakia.
Further down the incredible list we find Brazilian legends Pele and Romario, on 757 and 743 goals respectively. Of active players, it is no surprise Lionel Messi is the one closest to Ronaldo on 719 goals.
Ronaldo, who played for United for six years from 2003-2009, scored 118 times in 292 appearances for the club. During his career at Old Trafford, he made the specular look mundane - everything from spectacular free-kicks and long-range screamers, to elegant back-heel flicks and tap-ins.
After settling to life in Manchester, the tricky winger developed into more of an all-round attacker as the season's passed. In the 2006/07, the Portuguese's 17 Premier League goals and 15 assists won him the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year awards as we clinched our 16th top flight title.
In the 2007/08 campaign, when we won both the Premier League and Champions League, Ronaldo demonstrated what a goalscoring machine we was. The former Sporting Lisbon player netted an incredible 42 times over the course of the campaign, with 31 goals coming in the Premier League. No wonder he maintained his individual awards from the previous season as well as winning his first Ballon d’Or in 2008.
In his final term at the Theatre of Dreams in 2008/09, he netted 26 times for the Reds before moving to Real Madrid for a then world-record transfer fee.
After his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2009, Ronaldo smashed all goalscoring records for Los Blancos. In 438 appearances, he bagged an outstanding 450 goals, meaning he averaged over a goal per game in Spain.
The attacker, who turns 36 in February, is still maintaining those amazing standards in Italy. For the Old Lady, Ronaldo has scored 85 times in 109 appearances following his move in 2018.
He's not too bad at international level either. Since his Portugal debut in August 2003, the world-record holder has scored 102 times in 170 appearances for his nation, who he captained to triumph in Euro 2016.