Cristiano Ronaldo: Messi excluded from list of leading goal scorers across all positions

Cristiano Ronaldo: Messi excluded from list of leading goal scorers across all positions

- Cristiano Ronaldo is unarguably one of the best players in the world

- The Portuguese star is the most successful player in the history of Champions League

- Ronaldo has won five UCL titles in his career

- The Juventus star among the leading goal scorers in their positions while Messi fails to make the list

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is one of the most respected football stars in the world owing to his achievements since he broke into the Catalans' first team.

The Argentina international has scored a total of 690 goals and 282 assists in 847 appearances across competitions so far in his career.

He has also won 34 silverware including four Champions League titles among other domestic, continental and global trophies.

However, the 32-year-old forward has been shunned from the list of all-time leading goal scorers in every playing position in the list compiled by Give Me Sport.

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The publication highlighted that some goalkeepers have recorded well over a century of goals in their careers, while a defender responsible for time two of the above number.

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Below is the full list of players with astronomical figures during their active playing days:

Goalkeeper - Rogerio Ceni (131 goals)

The 47-year-old was superb both in-between the sticks and also in front of goal - like his south American predecessors; Rene Higuita and Jose Luis Chilavert.

He scored 47 goals in about three seasons during his peak and was known for his expertise in converting free-kicks and penalties whenever he got the chance.

Ronald Koeman (Centre-back) is the current coach of the Netherlands but his playing days as a defender saw him record a total of 253 goals. The Dutchman scored more goals more than some attacking stars.

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The 56-year-old scored 26 goals in his second to the last season with PSV Eindhoven, while his reign at Barcelona recorded double figures during his six campaigns at Barcelona.

Graham Alexander scored a whopping 107 goals as a right-back during his playing days, still more than modern days strikers.

Former Real Madrid left-back Paul Breitner did not limit himself to the defensive roles as he joined the attacks most of the time and bagged 113 goals.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was a respected icon at the Stamford Bridge during his playing days. He returned to the club last summer as the manager of the team after replacing Sarri.

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He scored 274 goals as a right/central midfielder and won a Champions League title in the process among several other domestic titles.

Former Liverpool and Middlesbrough star John Wark played as a left-midfield - scoring 223 goals in over 20 years.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon in today's world - scoring a staggering 534 goals in all competitions.

He is the most successful player in the history of Champions League with five titles among several titles in his career

Meanwhile, Brazil legend Pele remains the highest- scoring footballer in the world despite hanging his boots over four decades ago.

The 77-year-old forward who also doubled as an attacking midfielder made his mark in the world of football after helping his country conquer the world three times.

With his massive numbers in the history of the game, he was made a standard to judge players in his position both in the past and the present.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has taken to social media to celebrate his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on her birthday.

The 34-year-old shared a photo of himself, Georgina and their four children sitting around a tabled filled with a bouquet of flowers and a birthday cake.

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