Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville said as Pele is still considered as the top scorer of all time but Cristiano Ronaldo will play until he surpasses Pele as the greatest goal scorer in football history
Pele’s statistics include a number of goals scored in friendly matches and casual friendships which are 1,282 goals in 1,363 appearances.
Ronaldo is a long way behind Pele with 725 club and country goals, so he’ll play until he’s statistically the best.
“His drive was out of this world to become the best in the world. He’s one of the very few players that I’ve played with that would publicly announce that the individual trophies were important to him,” Neville told Sky Sports News.
He added “He just wanted to be the very, very best in the world and it’s so important to him. It’s an obsession. Absolute obsession with scoring goals. Applying himself every single day, being the fittest he can possibly be. I think he’s lifted his professionalism every single year and progressed.”
“I think he [Ronaldo] has a plan to go on and take over Pele’s record. Jamie [Carragher] mentioned before about James Milner wanting to play into his late 30s and 40s. I genuinely believe he wants to go on and beat Pele’s numbers.”
“That’s where I think he’s in his mind, he wants to be the greatest of all time, that is his sole purpose, understanding that along the way if he is the greatest of all time, the teams that he plays for will win trophies and be successful,” concluded Neville.