It has been fairly every week for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona celebrity celebrated his 33rd birthday on June 24, then joined one in all elite soccer’s most unique and illustrious golf equipment six days later when, in opposition to Atletico Madrid, the Argentina captain netted the 700th goal of his career.
Having sat on 699 senior profession objectives for membership and nation since he transformed a penalty in Barca’s win over Leganes on June 16, Messi hit the newest milestone in his gorgeous profession when he transformed a 50th-minute spot kick, nonchalantly sending Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the flawed means.
Messi wanted 862 video games to achieve this unbelievable landmark, which is 111 video games fewer than his nice rival Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to achieve the mark on the finish of 2019. However, the 35-year-old Ronaldo nonetheless boasts the standing of the very best lively aim scorer, by some margin. Here are the highest 5:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus): 728 objectives (1,005 video games)
2. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona): 700 (862)
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan): 540 (907)
4. Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona): 472 (637)
5. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich): 466 (697)
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi turned the seventh member of a choose membership of gamers to attain 700 or extra objectives. The group consists of a few of the best stars to play the sport, plus one less-heralded title (some data are unverified, so enable for variations in totals).
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo took his place among the 700 Club in October, with a aim for Portugal on a comfort strike from the penalty spot in a 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat in opposition to Ukraine. The Juventus celebrity remains to be the world’s highest-scoring lively participant and the one nonetheless plying his commerce who has scored greater than Messi.
5. Gerd Muller
Fiendishly prolific for West Germany and Bayern Munich in his heyday, “Der Bomber” is fifth on the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF)’s all-time checklist, having scored 735 objectives in 793 video games. Fourteen of Muller’s objectives got here at World Cups.
4. Ferenc Puskas
The legendary striker, nicknamed “The Galloping Major,” scored 746 objectives in 754 matches between 1943 and 1966 for Honved, Real Madrid and Hungary. It’s little marvel that FIFA’s award for the world’s best aim every season is called after him.
As per the RSSSF, the Brazilian nabbed 772 objectives in 993 first-class matches throughout a profession wherein he performed for golf equipment on 5 continents from 1985 to 2007. Romario scored 5 objectives as Brazil received the World Cup in 1994.
2. Josef Bican
The Slavia Prague icon is the very best scorer of all time in official video games, in accordance with the RSSSF, which lists the striker as amassing a exceptional 805 objectives in 530 aggressive video games between 1928 and 1955. He performed internationally for 3 international locations.
According to his Guinness World Record, the Brazilian colossus is the very best scorer of all time, with a mind-boggling 1,279 profession objectives to his title (Edson Arantes do Nascimento on his start certificates) between 1956 and 1977. That determine is disputed by some — RSSSF offers him 767 — however Pele’s standing as the one male or feminine participant to win three World Cups is just not doubtful.