On Sunday night, January 3, the 35-year-old Juventus forward scored two league goals against Udinese to increase the total career goals scored for clubs and country from 756 to 758, which means that he has scored one goal more than the official number of goals Pele scored for both clubs and country.
The only player that is currently above Cristiano Ronaldo as far as the record for the all-time highest goalscorer is concerned is Czech Republic icon Josef Biscan who scored 759 official goals for both clubs and country.
Pele who currently sits 3rd on the list, garnered his goals while playing for Santos, New York Cosmos, and Brazil national team between 1956 and 1977.
While late Josef Bican who died on 12 December 2001 as the world’s all-time highest goalscorer garnered his total number of official goals while playing for Rapid Vienna, Admira, Slavia Prague, Austria, Czechoslovakia national team, and a host of others.
Since he retired from football in 1955, only Pele who retired from professional football in 1977 came as close as two goals to breaking his record but couldn’t.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he garnered his goals from Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Portugal national team. He is expected to surpass the all-time highest goalscorer record in a couple of matches.
However, the all-time highest goalscorer record that the Portuguese football icon might leave behind after retirement might not last as long as that of the current holder because Ronaldo’s arch-rival, Lionel Messi is closing up in full force.
The 33-year-old Argentine football icon has scored a total of 742 career goals for club and country with 200 games fewer than Ronaldo. This means that if Messi scores 16 more goals, he would equal the record but Ronaldo might not stop scoring any time soon.
However, the only advantage Messi has over Ronaldo now is that Ronaldo is two years older than the Portuguese which could mean that Ronaldo might retire before Messi and the Argentine football icon might seize the opportunity to overtake the Portuguese.
But as it stands, Ronaldo is on the verge of going down in history as the first footballer that broke Josef Bican’s 19-year-old all-time highest goalscorer record and that might happen in one or more games.