Cristiano Ronaldo has a catch-up with Gennady Golovkin
Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with Josef Bican as football’s all-time leading goalscorer the Portugal international bagged his 759th career goal as Juventus beat Sassuolo 3-1 in their Serie A showdown over the weekend. So Express Sport will now take a look at his record – and answer the big Lionel Messi question.
Sporting Lisbon: Five goals from 31 appearances
Ronaldo started his career at Sporting Lisbon and caught the eye of every top club on the planet.
Liverpool wanted him, Arsenal did as well but it was Manchester United who won the race for his signature, forking out £13million to win the race.
Ronaldo scored just five goals for Sporting.
But United decided to sign him after he gave the likes of John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown the runaround in a pre-season friendly.
A move to Old Trafford took place in 2003, and was where Ronaldo really started to get going…
Manchester United: 118 goals from 292 appearances
United recruited Ronaldo as a replacement for David Beckham, who was sold to Real Madrid after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson.
It took the 35-year-old a few years to get going but, from 2006 onwards, he was unplayable.
Ronaldo helped United win three straight Premier League titles, something no other club in England has been able to achieve since the creation of the top flight.
And he was part of the side who won the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008.
In the end, United decided to cash in on Ronaldo with the Portugal international moving to Real Madrid for a huge £80m back in 2009.
Real Madrid: 450 goals from 438 appearances
Real actually wanted to sign Ronaldo in 2008 – but found United unwilling to negotiate.
However, the forward proved himself to be worth the wait – being a huge hit at the Bernabeu throughout his nine-year stint in Spain.
Ronaldo won two La Liga titles, in 2012 and 2017, as well as the Copa del Rey in 2011 and 2014.
His biggest legacy, however, will be the Champions League crowns he brought to the club.
Ronaldo scored in the 2014, 2016 and 2017 final triumphs over Atletico Madrid (x2) and Juventus, while also helping his side win the title again in 2018 shortly before jumping ship.
Juventus: 84 goals from 106 appearances (and counting)
Juventus raised eyebrows when they spent over £100million on signing Ronaldo from Madrid nearly three years ago.
But while he’s not won the Champions League, he’s definitely been more hit than miss.
Ronaldo’s goal against Sassuolo was his 84th for the club, coming from just 106 appearances so far.
The 35-year-old has now scored 15 Serie A goals this term, which is remarkable when you consider both his age and the fact he’s only made 13 appearances.
Let’s see how many he scores before the season ends…
Portugal – and the Lionel Messi question: 102 goals from 170 appearances (and counting)
So, for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 102 times so far from 170 matches.
Pretty impressive. His crowning moment, of course, was when he helped his country win the European Championships in France back in 2016.
As for the Messi question, well yes he’s scored more.
The Argentina international has bagged 711 goals throughout his career, meaning he’s still got some way to go before he catches up.
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