Brazilian legend Pele has congratulated Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for ‘breaking his record’ of goals scored in official matches.
Ronaldo bagged a hat trick as Juve ran 3-1 winners over Cagliari on Sunday to bring his total goal tally to 770 goals; the outing surpassing Pele’s record of 767.
Taking to Instagram, Ronaldo wrote: “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.”
80-year-old Pele, the only player in history to win three World Cups, took to Instagram by saying: “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.
“Cristiano life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having!”
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.