Pelé reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo's goal record with 758, recalling that he has not surpassed it, as he scored 1,283 in his career.
After Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals against Udinese last Sunday and reached 758 official scores in his career between clubs and national team, which according to some statistics surpassed Pelé (757), the nicknamed 'King' did not wait long and claimed his throne.
The Brazilian used his Instagram account to make clear the number of goals that, according to his data, he scored throughout his career.
Pelé added to his profile data that he was the all-time top scorer with 1,283 goals, in addition to highlighting his appointment as player of the century and his achievement of three World Cups.
"Brazilian | #10, 3x World Cup Champion, Leading Goal Scorer of All Time (1,283), FIFA Football Player of the Century, Global Ambassador and Humanitarian", reads the official account of the 'King'.
Due to this controversy, some counts place Cristiano Ronaldo as the top scorer, while others place Romario, with 772 scores in 994 games, as the top scorer of all time.
The RSSSF statistics site highlights that the striker with the most goals of all time is the Austrian soccer player, Josef Bican, who scored 805 goals between 1931 and 1955. Bican's figure is endorsed by FIFA, after it was established in September 2020 that he scored 805 goals in 530 games.
Regarding Pelé's 1,283 goals, the article points out that the Brazilian has not been able to claim that he has scored the amount he wrote on his Instagram account, since it includes goals in unofficial games, so if that were the case, Bican himself would have a higher number of scores.
"Not even O Rei Pelé, who claims to have scored 1,283 goals, did better. The mythical Brazilian includes in his total the goals scored in unofficial matches, and if we do the same with Bican, his harvest is estimated at 1,468 goals, although these figures are difficult to verify due to his seniority," reads the FIFA statement.