Cristiano Ronaldo has equaled the all-time highest goalscorer record for official goals Josef Bican set before he retired from football in 1955. The late Czech Republic icon scored 759 official goals for both club and country and died with the record in 2001.
Since then, apart from Brazilian Pele who scored 757 official goals for both clubs and country, no footballer has ever come close to breaking the age-long record.
After the long wait, 35-year-old Portuguese football icon, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored a late minute goal on Sunday night, January 10, for Juventus against Sassuolo to equal the over 70-year-old football record.
The Italian Serie A match which Ronaldo used to equal Josef Bican’s record ended 3-1 in favor of Juventus. The reigning Serie A champions took the lead through the boots of Danilo and the lead was canceled by the goal of Sassuolo’s Gregoire Defrel.
In less than 9 minutes to stoppage time, Ramsey gave Juventus the lead and Ronaldo scored his record-equaling goal in the 2nd-minute additional time.
With the win, Juventus have now moved 7 points closer to first placed AC Milan which currently lead the Serie A table with 40 points in 17 games, one game more than Juventus.
So far this season, Juventus have recorded 9 victories, 6 draws, and a defeat in 16 games. While the club’s talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 league goals and provided 1 assist in 13 league games.
Meanwhile, apart from equalling Josef Bican’s all-time highest goalscorer record, one of the biggest talking points in the match between Juventus and Sassuolo was the “leap” Ronaldo made in his opponent’s box-eighteen.
The Portugal international jumped so high that Sassuolo’s goalkeeper Andrea Consigli had to leap and stretched his hand so high to touch the ball which Ronaldo successfully headed. Since the clip of the astounding jump surfaced on the internet, the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner has continued to be a topic of discussion on social media.
Ronaldo’s leap is an actual joke 🤯 pic.twitter.com/t3h2BfwWqg— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) January 11, 2021
On the other hand, Brazilian football icon, Pele, has continued to insist that he is the world’s all-time highest goal scorer. His official goals are said to be 757 which placed him third behind Ronaldo, but the Brazilian doesn’t want to accept that.
Pele wrote on his Instagram bio that he is the ‘Leading Goal Scorer of All Time (1,283)’ but the world is yet to be told if his 1,283 goals were scored during official matches.