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Czech FA dispute Cristiano Ronaldo's all-time goal record - because of course they do

Ali Rampling
The Czech FA claim Josef Bican has more goals than Ronaldo
The Czech FA claim Josef Bican has more goals than Ronaldo / Claudio Villa/Getty Images
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The Czech FA have taken issue with Cristiano Ronaldo overtaking Josef Bican as football's all-time leading goalscorer, claiming the Juventus forward will have to score another 62 goals for the record to be his.

Ronaldo netted the opening goal during Juventus' 2-0 win over Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday evening, taking his all-time tally for club and country to 760.

Czech forward Bican was the previous holder of the record, netting 759 goals during his esteemed career, before hanging up his boots in 1955.

Ronaldo netted the record-breaking goal against Napoli
Ronaldo netted the record-breaking goal against Napoli / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

However, the Czech FA have released a lengthy (526 word) statement, claiming that Bican has in fact scored 821 goals.

"As Cristiano Ronaldo approaches the legendary Josef Bican in the number of goals scored in official matches, questions are multiplied by how many goals the Czechoslovak gunner has scored," the statement read.

"The answer is - Josef Bican scored 821 goals in official matches.

"Goals from matches in the first and second leagues, national cups, the Central European Cup and national team selections are included. On the contrary, with the exception of national teams, friendly matches are not included in the statistics.

"It can be stated with full seriousness that this is a number that corresponds to the current state of the possibility of verifying all data, so it is the most accurate number possible."

The statement concluded by reminding us all that had Bican's career not been interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, this figure could have been even higher.

The Czech FA are not the first to get pedantic when it comes to goalscoring records. When Lionel Messi broke Pele's record of 643 goals for a single club in December, Santos were quick to claim that the Brazil great had in fact netted 1,091 goals for the club.

Pele's Instagram bio was then edited to include 'Leading Goal Scorer of All Time (1,283) after Ronaldo overtook him in the all-time top goalscoring charts in January.


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