The GOAT keeps on winning. Age 34, and still playing like he is in his early 20’s, it’s no wonder Ronaldo keeps on breaking new records. You can arguable call him the greatest football of all time or put him in your top 3 of all time. Either way, Ronaldo is leaving behind a legacy and shoe that will be hard for many players behind him to fill. Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new record by moving into the fifth spot on the list of all-time record goalscorers this week. This of course comes after the Portuguese superstar followed a brace in Juventus victory against Parma with another goal against Roma. He is often compared to fine wine…the older he gets, the better he becomes. There’s no stopping the GOAT.
The 34-year-old stretched his formidable scoring streak to seven straight Serie A games after firing the Turin giants four points clear at the division’s summit before starring in the Copa Italia, and moved one step closer to topping the all-time scoring chart in the process.
Ronaldo has recorded a staggering 737 goals in 1,029 games at the highest level, and will have ambitions of edging ahead of the likes of Ferenc Puskas, Pele and Romario.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker has edged two goals clear of Germany legend Gerd Muller, who hit the back of the net 735 times during an esteemed career for both club and country.
Ronaldo firmly ensured a spot in the pantheon of the sport’s greatest ever scorers after reaching a milestone of 700 goals last October, and has since continued to break further records. His formidable consistency both inside and outside the penalty area saw him ease into the top 10.
Currently in 10th spot is Tulio Maravilha, who netted 575 goals during a career that incredibly spanned over 30 clubs. During his 24-year spell on the field, Maravilha also netted 13 times in just 15 appearances for Brazil, with the national team never losing a game in which he featured between 1990 and 1995. His journeyman career in Brazil resulted in a particularly prolific year, 1995, with Botafogo, when he scored 67 goals.
Uwe Seeler, the Hamburg and West Germany icon, also scored 575 goals across his career. A complete contrast to Maravilha, Seeler largely represented the same club and netted a further 43 times in 73 caps for his country.
Hungarian hitman Ferenc Deak sits in eighth spot, despite averaging an unbelievable three goals per game with 220 strikes in just 72 appearances for his first club, Szentlorinci AC.
Ronaldo is also ahead of his great rival Lionel Messi, who can be found in seventh place.The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who fought off stern competition from Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to clinch that coveted prize last year, stands alongside his Portuguese rival as the only other player in the top 10 currently still in action.
Ahead of Ronaldo and Muller stands Puskas, renowned for donning the jersey for two of the greatest teams of all time. The Hungarian legend was the focal point for the ‘Magnificent Magyars’ national team, as well as the Real Madrid outfit that lifted the 1960 European Cup. The award given to the best goal of the year is infamously named after him.