Cristiano Ronaldo becomes FIFA’s all-time record goalscorer

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Tottenham at the weekend made him surpass Josef Bican as FIFA’s all-time record goalscorer in competitive matches.

The Manchester United striker established himself as the sole holder of the accolade after scoring 18 goals in all competitions this season.

His most prolific seasons was during his exploits with Real Madrid where he scored 450 goals in 438 games across a nine-year period.

He won 15 trophies with Real Madrid, including four Champions Leagues, becoming the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the process.

Ronaldo kicked off his hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspurs with an unstoppable long-range strike. His second was a close-range making it 2-1 to United.

With the sides locked at 2-2 in the second half, Ronaldo rose highest and powered home a header, giving United the lead and further extending his record.

Ronaldo’s hat-trick saw him overtake Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 95 Premier League goals for Manchester United, as the striker now has 96.

This feat only adds to Ronaldo’s other achievements; the United striker already holds the all-time records for most Champions League goals (140), and most international goals in world football (115).

In 2020, FIFA recognised Prague-born Bican, who played international football for Austria and Czechoslovakia in the 1930s as the most in world football with a total of 805 goals.