Depending on who you believe, Cristiano Ronaldo is now recognised as the top goalscorer of all time following his recent 760th career goal in Juventus' win over Napoli in the 2020 Supercoppa Italiana.
Having already gone ahead of Brazil icon Pele, whose official goal tally stands at 757, Ronaldo went one better than Czech goal machine Josef Bican, who finished on 759 when he hung up his boots.
The figures are contested mind you, with Pele strongly maintaining that he scored 1,283 goals - a figure heavily inflated by those scored in unofficial games, exhibitions and tour matches. The Czech federation, meanwhile, contests Ronaldo’s record by claiming Bican got 821.
But it is far from the only record, if indeed it is his, the irrepressible Ronaldo has set over the course of a career that puts him firmly among the greatest players of all time.
All-time leading scorer – 760 goals (contested)
Ronaldo has scored five goals for Sporting CP, 118 for Manchester United, 450 for Real Madrid, 85 and counting for Juventus and 102 and counting for Portugal.
As already mentioned, this record is hotly contested, questionably by Pele, but more justifiably by the Czech federation on behalf of Bican.
Most capped Portuguese player – 170 caps
With 170 appearances since 2003, Ronaldo has played more times for Portugal than any of his fellow countrymen – and by some distance as well.
All-time top scorer for Portugal – 102 goals
Ronaldo broke the previous record of 47 held by Pauleta in 2014 and has since more than doubled it.
Most international goals by a European player – 102
Ronaldo is closing in on the all-time men’s international goal record but is already the leading European male goalscorer in history. He broke the record previously held by Ferenc Puskas in 2018.
Most appearances at European Championship tournament – 21
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No player has appeared more in the European Championship tournaments more often than Ronaldo, who has played at Euro 2004, Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 to date. He also played in the final in both 2004 and 2016, winning the latter.
Most goals in European Championships history (inc. qualifying) – 40
Ronaldo has scored nine times at Euro tournaments, but his record tally including qualifying games stands at 40 goals overall.
Most European Championship matches scored in – 7
As well as being overall top scorer, Ronaldo has also scored in the most different games in European Championship tournaments.
Oldest scorer of a World Cup hat-trick – 33 years, 130 days
Ronaldo was 33 when he became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, netting all three of Portugal’s goals in a 3-3 draw with Spain in 2018.
All-time top scorer for Real Madrid – 450 goals
He spent nine years at Real Madrid from 2009 until 2018 and scored 450 goals in that time, breaking Raul’s previous record of 323 in 2015 and bettering it by more than 100.
All-time top scorer for Real Madrid in a single season – 61 goals
Ronaldo’s single best season with Real came in 2014/15 when he scored 61 times, a new club record for most goals in a single season.
Most hat-tricks in Real Madrid history – 44
44 hat-tricks means that 132 of Ronaldo’s Real Madrid goals were scored in 44 games alone, and that doesn’t account for four or five-goal hauls.
Fastest player to score 150 goals in La Liga – 140 games
Fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga – 178 games
Fastest player to score 250 goals in La Liga – 228 games
Fastest player to score 300 goals in La Liga – 286 games
First player to score 50+ goals in the Premier League, La Liga & Serie A
Ronaldo is the only player to have score at least 50 goals in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, typically considered Europe’s three most prestigious domestic leagues.
First player to reach 100 Champions League wins
All-time Champions League top scorer – 134 goals
In the Champions League, which he has won five times, Ronaldo is the all-time leading goalscorer with 134 for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
Most Champions League assists of all time – 37
As well top goalscorer, Ronaldo is also leading assister in the Champions League.
First player to score 10+ Champions League goals for three different clubs
Most goals in a single Champions League season – 17
Ronaldo scored double figures in the Champions League more often not during his time with Real Madrid and broke new ground in 2013/14 with 17 goals.
Most seasons as Champions League top scorer – 7
Ronaldo led the way in the Champions League scoring charts in 2007/08, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18). Six of those were consecutive.
Only player to score in all six games of a Champions League group stage - 2017/18
Most goals in Champions League finals – 4
Ronaldo netted in the 2008 Champions League final for Manchester United, then in 2014 for Real Madrid and then twice again for Los Blancos in 2017.
Most consecutive seasons with 10+ goals in Europe’s top five leagues – 15 seasons
This is a feat of unbelievable longevity at the highest level. Ronaldo hit double figures in a league campaign for the first time in 2006/07 with Manchester United and has done it every year since.
Most appearances in UEFA Team of the Year – 15
Ronaldo was named in UEFA’s Team of the Year in 2004 off the back of his breakout season with Manchester United and performances for Portugal at Euro 2004. He returned to the select XI in 2007 and has never missed out since.
All-time top scorer for Juventus in a single season – 37 goals
Ronaldo’s goal tally of 37 in all competitions for Juventus in 2019/20 was a club record for most goals by a player in a single season. It was also the first time any Juve player went over 30 in Serie A.
Fastest player to score 50 goals in Serie A – 61 appearances
Ronaldo scored his 50th Serie A goal for Juventus towards the end of 2019/20 in only 61 games.