Cristiano Ronaldo becomes highest goalscorer in football history

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the top goal-scorer in the history of his sport, netting the 760th of his career Wednesday in an Italian Super Cup final between his Juventus side and Napoli.

The legitimacy of Ronaldo's record is tempered by a disputed claim that former Rapid Vienna striker Josef Biscan, who retired in 1955, accumulated 805 career goals, although that total is said to include strikes for Rapid's reserve and amateur teams, and also some in unofficial global matches. Even Brazilian star Romario claims he has 1000 goals but officially, it is 743. Adjusting his total tally accordingly, multiple reports suggest Bican's official total is 759 goals.

"After that, we came out with the official number of Josef Bican's scored goals".

"'Pepi', as he was known, is credited with scoring 805 goals in 530 games, giving him a career average of 1.52 goals per game - a better return than Romario, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo", FIFA says on its website. There is also a dispute over whether Pele has the most goals in his football career.

These claims prompted a slew of memes questioning Pele's tally.

And to really compound the matter, the bright minds of the History and Statistics Committee of the Czech FA have been delving deep into the archives to reach the conclusion that Bican - who played internationally for Austria and Czechoslovakia - actually scored 821 goals, meaning Ronaldo would still need another 62.

Santos, the club with which he spent nearly two decades, say he scored 1,091 goals in their colours, while earlier this month the man himself updated his Instagram profile to claim 1,283 career goals - but again, that total includes friendlies and unofficial fixtures.

In short, perhaps we'll never know.

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