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Ronaldo sends emotional message after smashing Pele’s goal record

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The Portuguese icon has finally acknowledged himself as the greatest goalscorer in football history after surpassing the Brazil legend’s unofficial tally.

Cristiano Ronaldo insists there is much more to come from him after overtaking Pele as the leading goalscorer in world football, saying his “story is still far from over”.

Ronaldo struck a ‘perfect’ hat-trick as Juventus claimed a 3-1 Serie A victory over Cagliari on Sunday.

The 36-year-old scored the 768th, 769th, and 770th goal of his illustrious career across all competitions for club and country.

It was believed that the forward had already surpassed Pele’s goal tally when he reached 757 career goals with a brace against Udinese in January.

However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner chose to remain silent about the record and has only now broken his silence.

“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,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post.

“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 Pele] led me to take into account his 767 score, assuming his nine goals for Sao Paulo State Team, as well as his single goal for the Brazilian Military Team, as official goals.

“The world has changed since then and football as changed as well, but this doesn’t mean that we can just erase history.

“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!”

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