- Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net twice as Juventus defeat Inter in the Coppa Italia
- He has now taken his goals’ tally to 763, a figure that beats the 762 of Josef Bican and Pele
- The Portuguese sensational is now officially the highest goal scorer in football history
Following his brace in the Coppa Italia helping Juventus to defeat Inter Milan 2-1 in the semi-final of the competition, Cristiano Ronaldo is now officially the highest goal scorer in football history.
The superstar who clocks 36 in two days' time grabbed his first from the spot in the 26th minute while his second came as a gift after a communication breakdown between Samir Handanovic and one of his defenders.
This, however, puts the Old Lady at an advantage to progress to the next round as they hold a two away goals lead ahead of the second leg scheduled for Tuesday, February 9.
Cristiano Ronaldo edges closer to winning another title in 2021 after scoring brace to help Juventus beat rivals in tough cup game
Following the brace, Spanish outlet Marca reports that the Portuguese sensation has now taken his goals’ tally to 763, a figure that beats the 762 of Josef Bican and Pele.
Bican and Pele’s records have been disputed, but there’s no confusion over that of Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar scored five goals for Sporting, 118 for Manchester United, 451 for Real Madrid, 87 for Juventus and 102 for Portugal.
Although several sources claim Biscan scored 805 goals during his career days, Marca has only acknowledged the former Austrian-Czech international’s professional goals.
They do not include the 24 he scored with a reserve team or another 19 he scored with various regional teams, but they do credit him with the hat-trick he scored in an amateur game against Germany.
But Ronaldo’s place in the history books is secured according to their records, for now at least.
Lionel Messi is on 720 and is currently in fifth place, but he has nearly three years on Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has now scored 22 times and assisted three other goals in 23 appearances across all competitions this campaign. Stats also show that he has scored eight braces this term.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi took his free-kick haul to 55 following Barcelona's 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the past weekend.
But despite his impressive number of goals from direct free-kicks, Messi is still behind several players in the list of top ten players who have scored directly from a set-piece.
The Barcelona captain ranks higher than his fiercest rival Cristiano Ronaldo in this department. The 33-year-old is ranked 11th among the best free-kick takers in the world.