Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 800th Goal for Club and Country
21:27 GMT 02.12.2021 (Updated: 18:44 GMT 19.10.2022)
On Thursday evening, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first ever member of the 800 goal club for club and country. His 52nd minute strike put Manchester United up 2-1 over Arsenal in a pivotal Premier League clash. He added his 801st goal with a penalty that reclaimed the lead for United at 3-2.
Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, is now the first player to reach the 800 goal mark. He became the all-time leading goal scorer in March of 2021 when he surpassed Pele with his 768th career goal. True to form, Ronaldo had a hat trick in the record-setting win over Cagliari and ended the match on 770 career goals.
Ronaldo's 800th career goal leaves the 700 career goals-scored club at five men; the aforementioned Pele, Lionel Messi, Romario, Ferenc Puskas, and Josef Bican. Ronaldo's record-breaking 2021 also included him setting the all-time international goal-scoring mark at 110 goals. He has since extended that mark to 115.
Ronaldo also has the all-time record for most continental goals scored with 146. However, he still has work to do if he wants to set the league goal-scoring mark. Pele still reigns supreme with 606 league goals. Ronaldo sits fifth all-time with 484.
While the IFFHS believes Ronaldo is the greatest goal scorer of all-time, the RSSSF, The Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation, uses a different methodology and has three men above Ronaldo. The trio, Erwin Helmchen, Josef Bican, and Ronnie Rooke, all played through the 1930s into the 1950s.
Ronaldo has had a singular career and it's why he sits alone in the 800 goal club. However, he may not be waiting long for company. Ronaldo's long-time rival, Lionel Messi, has 756 goals and counting.