Ronaldo Breaks Pele's All-Time Record
Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Pele's All-Time Record
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has continued his superb form and surpassed a goalscoring record of Brazil legend Pele's, while entering an illustrious group of international goalscorers.
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The 32-year-old netted a hat-trick in Portugal's 5-1 over Faroe Islands on Thursday night, taking his tally for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign to 14 strikes in just six games.
Overall, Ronaldo has now scored 78 goals in 144 games for the 2016 UEFA European Championship winners, bettering legendary Brazilian Pele's record.
The three-time World Cup winner netted 77 strikes in 93 games for the Selecao, but Ronaldo has now overtaken him.
Following his hat-trick, Ronaldo now sits in joint fifth position among the all-time international goalscorers, as pointed out by Bleacher Report. He joined Iraq striker Hussein Saeed in fifth spot with 78 goals, but still needs to score 31 more to level the all-time record held Ali Daei, who netted 109 times during his international career with Iran.
Pele himself congratulated Ronaldo on his latest milestone, sending him a message via Twitter.
The triple strike against Faroe Islands was Ronaldo's 48th career hat-trick, more than any other active player. It was his fifth for Portugal, while he has also netted 42 for Real and one for Manchester United, according to Squawka.
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