Two greatest goalscorers of our age: Cristiano Ronaldo is on 700 and Lionel Messi is on 672. But can one of them break Josef Bican’s record of 805 goals?
A day ago against Ukraine, Ronaldo registered his 700th goal in professional football.
Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the feat of 700 goals by scoring a goal in the 72nd minute of Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine.
Currently, the 34-year-old Portuguese footballer is at the 6th spot in the list of most goals by a player in official competitions of football. The former Czech-Austrian footballer, Josef Bican has most goals (805) in professional football. Cristiano is 106 goals away from breaking the legendary poacher’s record.
After scoring his 700th goal, Cristiano Ronaldo said, “records are looking for me”. Now the question is can the Portuguese footballer break Bican’s record of most goals. Ronaldo, as ambitious we know he is, would surely be contemplating whether he still has enough gas left. But sadly, it might not be the case. So, here are the reasons why Ronaldo will not break it, and why Messi might make it.
Too far for today’s Ronaldo?
#1 Not happy with Juventus
In July 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus for a total fee of €112 million after spending nine years in Madrid. Ronaldo signed a deal until 2022. It’s only 2019, but he somehow seems not exactly happy being in Turin. Ronnie is 34 and Juventus still somehow underwhelms in Europe. If Juventus falter again in the Champions League this season, Ronaldo may want to look at other options next summer.
#2 No chance to play for United again
A few days ago, Ronaldo showed interest in coming back to Manchester. Although it’s way too early to speculate, Ronaldo said that if United finish in the top 4 this season, he might come home. However, currently United sits wobbly at 12th in the Premier League table. United is hardly in any form and is way behind the top lot. If they make it into top-4, it would be a sheer miraculous fluke.
#3 Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich
Cristiano Ronaldo has left his mark in almost every big league except the Bundesliga and Ligue 1. So it seem won’t be that big a surprise if he opts for one of the two. There are already speculations about next summer, with PSG and Bayern Munich in the mix.
What about Messi?
Messi at 32 and with 672 goals may have a better chance at Josef Bican’s record of 805.
#1 Age is not just a number
Messi is two years younger. With at least 3 years of football still in his belly, Messi looks like a better bet than Ronaldo. At 133 goals away i.e. 28 goals behind Ronaldo’s 700 goals, Messi has a much better chance.
#2 Barcelona’s Stability and Messi’s place in its heart
The star Argentine footballer is also known as Barca’s son. Messi is a one-club man. Barcelona owes as much to Messi, as he owes to the club. It is a loyal love affair that has had its ups and downs. But Barcelona is where Messi’s heart is, at least for 3 or 4 more years.
So, Messi has age at his side, and also an extremely stable club relationship, although not healthy (but that’s another story). What Ronaldo has is sheer will and ambition.