Pele has revealed that while he is happy that his international goals record has been surpassed by Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, he believes the striker still has a long way to go if he wants to be in the same category as he is.
Ronaldo scored an hat-trick in Portugal’s game against Faroe Island in the World Cup qualifying round which took his goal record to 78 as the team ended the game 5-1.
“I watched the goal on TV and it was special,” Pele said in an exclusive interview with Goal magazine. “It was great to watch.”
Pele scored 77 goals for Brazil in 92 appearances and won three World Cup titles with the Brazilian national team. On the other hand, Ronaldo helped the Portuguese national team win the Euro 2016 cup last year and now has 78 goals to his credit in just 145 professional games for his country.
These are different times, the legendary Brazilian player said. “ The great thing about football is goals and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate him on this amazing feat and his team’s victory.”
He Needs More Than 1200 Goals
However, he took the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he still has more goals than the Portuguese striker. “even though he has hit 78, he still has to score more than 1200 goals to match my records in the game.”