Cristiano Ronaldo has received the blessing of Pele after he surpassed the Brazilian icon’s 757 official career goals following a dispute over the correct tally.
The 36-year-old Portugal skipper has now managed 770 official strikes throughout a record-breaking professional career, which looked to have beaten the tally held by Josef Bican.
However, Pele and his team disputed that return as the record, with his own Instagram account having his number of goals as 1283 – but not all of those official.
Following a lengthy statment in which Ronaldo claimed the record, Pele has responded positively and congratulated the Juventus forward for toppling his total.
On Instagram, Ronaldo wrote: “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.
"My everlasting and unconditional admiration for mister Edson Arantes do Nascimento, such as the respect that I have for mid-20th century football, led me to take into account his 767 score, assuming his 9 goals for Sao Paulo State Team, as well as his single goal for the Brazilian Military Team, as official goals.
“The World as changed since then and football as changed as well, but this doesn’t mean that we can just erase history according to our interests.
"Today, as I reach the 770 official goals in my professional career, my first words go straight to @pele.
“There’s no player in the World who hasn’t been raised listening to stories about his games, his goals and his achievements, and I’m no exception.
“And for that reason, I’m filled with joy and pride as I acknowledge the goal that puts me on top of the World’s goalscoring list, overcoming Pele’s record, something that I could never have dreamed of while growing up as a child from Madeira.
"Thanks to all of those who took part of this amazing journey with me. To my teammates, to my opponents, to the fans of the beautiful game all over the world and, above all, to my family and close friends: trust me when I say that I couldn’t have done it without you.
"Now I can’t wait for the next games and challenges! The next records and trophies! Believe me, this story is still far from being over. The future is tomorrow and there’s still a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal!
"Join me in this journey! Let’s go!"
Pele said on Twitter in response: “@Cristiano, what a beautiful journey you are having! I admire you a lot and this is no secret to anyone. Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches.
“I leave this photo in your honour, with great affection, as a symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”
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