Cristiano Ronaldo raised two fingers to the haters with an electric performance for Manchester United on Sunday night.
Despite the five-time Ballon d’Or winner having been widely criticised at times during his return to the Premier League, there can be no denying his importance to the Red Devils when it comes to key moments.
Ronaldo’s historic hat-trick vs Tottenham
However, perhaps even more notable than hitting Spurs for three were reports that Ronaldo’s treble at the ‘Theatre of Dream’s had seen him become the greatest goalscorer in men’s football history.
It’s widely accepted that Ronaldo now has 807 career goals to his name, but it depends on whose statistics you believe in terms of whether or not that makes the Portuguese star the all-time number one.
Well, according to talkSPORT’s maths, the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ with the Tottenham hat-trick seeing him move above the 805 strikes that FIFA reportedly assign to Josef Bican.
Now, other statisticians will tell you that Ronaldo had achieved the feat already and the Czech FA would argue that Ronaldo needs 822 goals to break the record, so it’s a complicated situation.
Man Utd 3-2 Tottenham Match Reaction (Football Terrace)
Goalscoring world records
However, the revered number-crunchers over at The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) always make for a useful touchstone when it comes to marauding through all the data.
And on the back of Ronaldo’s hat-trick, they not only corroborated his status as the all-time record goalscorer in the men’s game, but also declared that he now holds five stunning world records.
That’s because IFFHS decided to list their nine selections for the most impressive and respected goalscoring world records with Ronaldo holding five of them on the back of overtaking Romario for club goals.
So, without further ado, be sure to join us in celebration of Ronaldo solidifying his status as the sport’s greatest ever goalscorer by walking through the world records down below:
Total goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (807)
League goals: Pele (606)
Club goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (692)
Domestic goals: Pele (661)
One-league goals: Lionel Messi (474)
One-club goals: Lionel Messi (672)
International club goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (150)
National team goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (115)
Total international goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (265)
Ronaldo’s international brilliance
So, just to clarify there, the ‘international’ categories that IFFHS hold so proudly concern any competition where the clubs competing are not all necessarily from the same country a la the Champions League.
Therefore, the fact that Ronaldo not only has the world record for the most national team goals, but also in multinational tournaments such as the FIFA Club World Cup and beyond proves he truly is a global megastar.
While he’ll never be able to surpass Messi‘s one-club and one-league world records that were amassed at Barcelona, many fans would argue that Ronaldo’s border-transcending feats are more impressive anyway.
Besides, despite Ronaldo having scored more goals than Pele overall, he still remains over 100 strikes behind the scoring record in league football, so he really does spread his output across competitions.
Therefore, even if Ronaldo never goes onto collect anymore of the nine world record that he’s already amongst, the moral of the story is that the footballing icon is prolific wherever he goes.