Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have started the new year 2021 as they aim to become the top scorers in the history of football, surpassing their predecessors and setting their own records.
Juventus striker Ronaldo is moving closer to Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Pele, while Lionel Messi is also far behind.
In 2020, Ronaldo was the player’s second ever one hundred goals for the national team, and Portugal signed 102 goals, while Lionel Messi’s last record Pele’s goals one team only scored his first with Pele and time at Santos scored 643 goals.
In the first week of December, Ronaldo scored his 750th goal of his career at club and club level, against Dynamo Kiev in the group stages of the Champions League.
Lionel Messi, for his part, became the seventh player to score 700 or more goals for the country and club combined.
The duo, who have dominated the world for the past 15 years and set incredible records, are now on the verge of being written as the all-time leading goalscorers in football history.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the fourth-highest goalscorer of all time, ahead of three players he is sure to catch if he is not delayed by a disaster.
Lionel Messi (pictured, right) is the seventh-highest goalscorer in the world and, like Ronaldo, has the chance to break the record for the most goals in less than three years.
Here are the top 10 goalscorers and where Ronaldo & Messi:
10. Tulio Maravilha – Brazil
575 goals – 1988-2019
9, Uwe Seeler – Germany
575 goals – 1953-1978
8. Ferenc Deak – Hungry
576 – 1940-1957
7. Lionel Messi – Argentina
717 goals in 893 games – 2003 – so far
6. Gerd Muller – Germany
734 goals in 793 games – 1962-1981
5. Ferenc Puskas – Hungry
746 goals in 754 games – 1943-1966
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
759 goals in 1034 games – 2001 – so far
3. Pele – Brazil
767 goals – 831 games – 1957-1977
2. Romario – Brazil
772 goals in 994 games – 1985-2007
1. Josef Bican – Russia
805 goals in 530 games – 1931-1956