ATLANTA, GEORGIA—As far as professional goal scoring is concerned there is no doubt that Manchester United star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest of all time or GOAT.
This scenario developed after Ronaldo etched his name in the record books as professional football’s all-time leading scorer with 807 goals after a brilliant hat trick in the 3-2 win over Tottenham on Saturday.
The all-time goal-scorer title in men’s football is much contested and FIFA does not keep an official record, but the world governing body estimates that Austro-Czech Josef Bican netted 805 goals during a career that lasted from 1931 to 1955.
Earlier, Ronaldo said he had no plans to slow down in playing professional soccer at 36 years old.
Ronaldo told reporters this week that he hopes to play professionally at 42 years old.
“I feel happy to be a player who has shown who, in my case, longevity has been a crucial factor for me to keep playing at a high level, putting in good performance,” Ronaldo said.
“I want to find out if I’m going to play until I’m 40, 41, or 42, but the most important thing is that my daily goal is to enjoy the moment,” Ronaldo added.
Sources said despite his club’s struggles this season, Ronaldo remains his team’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions.