Gary Lineker Breaks Down 'Mind-Blowing' Numbers Behind Cristiano Ronaldo Goal Record
Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Brazilian icon Pele's official goal tally - and Gary Lineker has shared a "mind-blowing" breakdown of CR7's achievement.
The 35-year-old netted twice in Juventus's 4-1 win over Udinese bringing his club and country total to 758 goals, one above Pele's total (excluding friendlies and exhibitions).
Cristiano Ronaldo with a great opener for Juve! :clap:- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) January 3, 2021
It's still nearly impossible to stop him when he runs at a defence and gets a sight of goal like that :fire: pic.twitter.com/U8f30Za0Gk
And England's 1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner Lineker - no stranger to the goal net - gave a unique statistical breakdown of just what Ronaldo has achieved over time.
"So Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Pele's record for career goals with his 758th strike," Lineker tweeted. "That's about 42 goals a season for 18 years. Mind-blowing."
It really puts into perspective what any future player will need to do to match Ronaldo's amazing scoring feats.
It's also particularly accurate as Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting CP in October 2002; so just over 18 years ago. In other words, 42 goals a season for 18 years is roughly his current rate. Stunning stuff.
This guy is turning 36 next month, and yet he plays with more intensity than players 10 years younger than him. He'll reach 900 goals at least- עבאס ג'ביזאדה (@cbzdabbas) January 3, 2021
Ronaldo is the greatest player in the history of the game. Period.- carlos (@caguirre94) January 3, 2021
For *one* player to be achieving such statistics at any given time is truly exceptional, but for *two* players to be reaching such heights simultaneously? We are genuinely blessed to witness it. Stop arguing about who is best, and just enjoy them both! pic.twitter.com/t3b1TDN1cP- Omar A Ahmed (@plasticomar) January 4, 2021
Pele just scored another 47 Goals Against his son in his front room with a ballon. I think you'll find he's winning.- James Helder (@JamesHelder_) January 4, 2021
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Only Slavia Prague legend Josef Bican sits above Ronaldo in terms of total highest-level goals. The Austrian-Czech striker scored 805 goals in 530 official matches between 1931 and 1955.
But if Ronaldo can keep up his current remarkable scoring rate, he should be able to catch and surpass Bican in early 2022.
Ronaldo's goals record breaks down as 102 for Portugal and 656 for his club sides (five for Sporting CP, 118 for Manchester United, 450 for Real Madrid, 83 for Juventus).
He is also the all-time Champions League top scorer with 132 goals, ahead of Lionel Messi with 118.
:flag_pt: Cristiano Ronaldo - 758 goals- SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 3, 2021
:flag_br: Pele - 757 goals
With his two goals tonight, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the 2nd highest goal scorer of all time, and he's not too far behind top spot... :eyes::crown: https://t.co/jUe4R3OIiC pic.twitter.com/VwstGtaE9l
What Lineker's tweet highlights is not just Ronaldo's incredible scoring ratio but also his consistency. Apart from a few niggling injury issues when he first joined Real Madrid for £80 million in 2009, he's largely been fit and available.
In the last 10 completed seasons, Ronaldo has played in at least 40 club games - not to mention all of his appearances for Portugal.
So the bar for the next generation is clear: average 42 goals a season for the next 18 years and you will come close to Ronaldo's record.
Will we ever see any player - other than his eternal rival Messi - come close to these numbers again? Let us know in the comments.
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