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Ronaldo scores 800th career goal

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Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo reached yet another career milestone on Thursday when he became the first player to reach 800 top-level goals.

The Manchester United attacker scored twice in his team’s 3-2 win over Arsenal FC.

Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions since rejoining United from Juventus in the summer.

Unofficial statisticians RSSSF say Pele (769), Romario and Ferenc Puskas (both 761) are the players nearest to Ronaldo at the elite end of football.

Lionel Messi is next on 756 goals for Argentina (80), Barcelona (672) and Paris St-Germain (four).

The Premier League’s all-time top scorer, Alan Shearer, hailed Ronaldo’s “phenomenal” record after United’s win.

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