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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Professional Football

Rory O'Callaghan

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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Professional Football

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the top goalscorer in the history of professional football, according to FIFA records.

The Manchester United forward scored a magnificent hat-trick in Saturday's Premier League win over Tottenham to overtake previous record holder Josef Bican.

He then moved one clear of the Austrian-Czech legend after finishing off a well-worked move to put United 2-1 ahead, after Harry Kane had equalised from the penalty spot.

An own goal from Harry Maguire pulled Spurs level for a second time but Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick with a bullet header to seal a 3-2 win for the home side.

Bican, whose career spanned from 1931 to 1955, scored the majority of his goals for Slavia Prague - finishing his career with an incredible record of 427 goals in 221 games for the Czech side.

He also played for two national teams, Austria and Czechoslovakia, before retiring from football at the age of 42.

Ronaldo began his career with Sporting Lisbon and would go on to become a prolific goalscorer at Manchester United under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, scoring 118 times in 292 games during his first spell at Old Trafford.

He would later join Real Madrid and would become the all-time record goalscorer for the club, managing an incredible 450 goals in 438 games for the Spanish giants.

Ronaldo moved on to Juventus in 2018 and scored 101 goals for the Italian club before returning to Manchester United before the start of this season.

He has since managed 18 goals in 32 games in his second spell in Manchester.

Ronaldo is also the leading goalscorer in international men's football - having scored 115 goals for Portugal.

Ronaldo has received widespread praise for setting his latest record at the age of 37.

“He has come to that point in his career, that with every goal he breaks a record. Forever grateful that we lived in his era!,” wrote one fan on Twitter.

Another added: “No.1 Goalscorer in HISTORY! Amazing record to have, an he’s not finished yet!”

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Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Football, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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