Ronaldo scores landmark 700th goal in Portugal defeat

Ronaldo scores landmark 700th goal in Portugal defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo reached a career landmark on Monday, October 14, by scoring his 700th career goal in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Ukraine.

The 34-year-old scored a penalty as Portugal lost 2-1.

His 700 goals so far have come from 973 matches – and he has scored at least once in 458 of those.

His goal in the 2-1 loss to Ukraine was also his 95th for Portugal, leaving only Iranian Ali Daei in front in the international charts on 109 goals.

The win for Ukraine, meanwhile, means they have qualified for Euro 2020.

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Ronaldo’s goal means he joins an elite group of players to have hit at least 700 goals in their career.

According to data from Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Juventus forward Ronaldo is still some way behind the most prolific player of all time, with Czech-Austrian Josef Bican scoring 805 career goals.

Next on the list is Brazil legend Romario, who bagged 772, while his compatriot Pele is third on 767.

Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas hit 746 goals, while former Germany striker Gerd Muller rounds out the top five with 735 goals.

Players with 700+ career goals
Player Nationality Major clubs Goals Years scored between
Josef Biscan Czech-Austrian Rapid Vienna, Slavia Prague 805 1931-1955
Romario Brazilian Vasco da Gama, PSV, Barcelona, 772 1985-2007
Pele Brazilian Santos, New York Cosmos 767 1957-1977
Ferenc Puskas Hungarian Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid 746 1943-1966
Gerd Muller German Bayern Munich 735 1962-1981
Cristiano Ronaldo Portuguese Sporting CP, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Juventus 700 2002-present

 

Real Madrid was the biggest beneficiary of Ronaldo’s goals.

He scored 450 times for the Spanish giants, with 118 of his 700 goals coming during the early part of his career at Manchester United from 2003 to 2009.

His 95 goals for Portugal is more than double the tally of any other player to have featured for the national team. Pauleta has the second most with 47.

 

Mayowa Oladeji

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