Czech FA say Ronaldo has not broken all-time scoring record

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2021

On behalf of the history and statistics committee of Czech FA, we can proclaim that Josef Bican scored 821 goals in official matches.

However, multiple media outlets reported that Ronaldo's strike had taken him past Austro-Czech great Josef Bican (759) to top the list.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus forward, has scored his 760th career goal during the Italian Super Cup final to become the top goal scorer of all-time.

'We based our research on statistics from prestigious global statistical websites that state 805 goals with notice that goals scored by Bican in 1952 in the Czech second division for Hradec Kralove are missing. Josef Bican or Cristiano Ronaldo?

That is the total credited to him by the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF), although it includes 27 goals scored for Rapid's reserve teams, as well as some unofficial internationals.

Ronaldo found the net five times for for Sporting Lisbon, 118 times for Manchester United, 450 times for Real Madrid, and 102 times for Portugal.

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The RSSSF also credits two Brazilian greats with higher tallies than Ronaldo - putting Romario on 772 and Pele on 767.

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Pele lost his record of 643 goals for a single club to Lionel Messi in December, but still claims to be the single greatest goalscorer in history.

A statement on the local governing body's official website broke down the number of goals scored by Bican for club and country in a career that spanned 24 years from 1931 to 1955.

On January 3, Ronaldo moved himself above three-time Brazil World Cup victor Pele into second on the list following a brace in a 4-1 Serie A home win over Udinese.

"'Pepi', as he was known, is credited with scoring 805 goals in 530 games, giving him a career average of 1.52 goals per game", said in an article devoted to him a year ago.

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