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Pele Congratulates Ronaldo on Breaking His Goal Record

by Zablon Ondari
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Brazilian football legend Pele has lauded Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo for breaking his goal record after the Portuguese scored a perfect hattrick on Sunday, 14th March against Cagliari in the Serie A fixture.

The 36-year-old netted three times inside the opening 32 minutes to take his career total to 770, three clear of Pele’s tally of 767 in official matches.

“Cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having! I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone,” Pele wrote on Instagram.

“Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today. But I leave this photo in your honour, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”

Ronaldo who also spoke after reaching this historic milestone expressed his joy to be at the top of the world scorers rankings, surpassing Pele’s record.

“The last few weeks were filled with news and stats considering me the world’s top scorer in football history, overcoming Pele’s 757 official goals. Although I’m thankful for that recognition, now it’s time for me to explain why I didn’t acknowledge that record until this moment,” said Ronaldo in a lengthy Instagram post.

“Today, reaching the official milestone of 770 goals in my professional career, my first words go straight to Pele. There is no player in the world who has not grown up listening to stories about his games, his goals, and his successes, and I am no exception. And for that reason, I am filled with joy and pride when I recognize the goal that put me at the top of the world goalscorer list, breaking Pele’s record, something I could never dream of growing up as a Madeiran child.”

The forward further thanked everyone who contributed to his great achievement in his football career.

“To my teammates, my opponents, the fans of the best game from all over the world and, above all, my family and close friends: trust me when I say I couldn’t have done it without you. Now I’m looking forward to the next matches and challenges! The next records and trophies! Believe me, this story is still far from over. The future is tomorrow and there is still a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal! Join me on this journey! Here we go! “.

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