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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 800 top-level goals

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more than 800 goals at the top level
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more than 800 goals at the top level / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Portugal icon, Cristiano Ronaldo is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, with the striker creating/breaking numerous records during his career so far, while also winning five Ballon d'Or awards.

Ronaldo was at it again during Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday, scoring a brace to become the first player in history to score 800 top-level goals in football.

The 36-year-old's double on the night means that he now has netted 801 goals in 1,097 games with 130 goals coming for United across two spells, five for Sporting Lisbon, 450 for Real Madrid, 101 for Juventus and 115 for Portugal.

While there is no official database to establish football's all-time top scorer, Ronaldo for his part tops the list at the highest level. The Czech football association claim that the legendary, Josef Bican scored 821 goals in official matches, though elsewhere his tally is placed at 805 - but those include reserve-team and non-official international goals.

Brazil legends, Pele and Romario separately claim to have scored more than 1,000 goals each, but filter out friendlies and those numbers drop down to the 700s. Ronaldo for his part is the all-time highest goalscorer in international football, in the Champions League and also for Spanish giants, Real Madrid.