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‘The records come naturally’ – Ronaldo on reaching 700 career goals

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Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the league of players that scored at least 700 goals in their football careers.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner achieved the feat on Monday, when he converted a penalty in his country’s 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifiers.

“The records come naturally, I don’t look for them, the records look for me,” he told reporters after the game.

It was his 95th goal for his country, and Ronaldo went on to thank all his teammates and coaches that contributed to his reaching the landmark.

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“It is not for anyone to reach this number and I thank everyone, team mates, colleagues, coaches and everyone who helped Cristiano become the player that he is,” he said.

The Juventus star’s 700 goals so far have come from 973 matches – and he has scored at least once in 458 of those.

His time at Real Madrid say him score 450 times for the Spanish giants, while 118 came during the early part of his career at Manchester United from 2003 to 2009.

Ahead of Ronaldo in all-time scoring are: Czech-Austrian Josef Bican, who scored 805 career goals; Brazil legend Romario, who bagged 772; Pele with 767; Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas with 746 goals; and former Germany striker Gerd Muller with 735 goals.

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