Cristiano Ronaldo will not retire until he has beaten legendary Brazilian forward Pele’s goalscoring record.
This is according to Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville.
Ronaldo, who remains in phenomenal physical shape at the age of 35, is credited with 725 goals as a professional.
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His tally saw him become Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer, and he netted in a fair few while playing for Manchester United and Juventus too.
But it is someway short of Brazil icon Pele, who according to records scored 1,281 goals during 1,363 appearances.
However, his tally included goals scored in friendlies, so Ronaldo currently sits some 556 short.
And Neville believes the Portuguese hero’s obsession with being regarded as the greatest footballer of all time means he wants to topple Pele.
“It’s an obsession, an absolute obsession with scoring goals, applying yourself every day, being the fittest…
Source: Complete Sports