Cristiano Ronaldo scores 800th career goal

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the 800th goal of his career for club and country with his strike for Manchester United against Arsenal.

The 36-year-old is the leading scorer in men’s international football (115), the Champions League (140) and the European Championship (14).

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The strike comes in the first Premier League match at Old Trafford since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left his role as United manager.

Ronaldo, who has finished as top goal scorer in England’s Premier League, Spain’s LaLiga and Italy’s Serie A — while also winning the respective leagues and domestic cups on multiple occasions — is also the man with the most Champions League medals in the modern era with five victories.

The Portugal international is also the most capped European man with 184 international appearances. His tally of five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes is bettered only by Lionel Messi.

He made his professional debut at Sporting Lisbon in 2002 and scored his first two professional goals in a 3-0 victory over Moreirense on Oct. 7. He joined United at the end of the season after scoring five goals in all.

Ronaldo spent six seasons during his first spell in Manchester, where he scored 118 goals in 292 appearances before signing for Real Madrid in a then-world record fee of £80 million.

During his nine seasons in the Spanish capital, he scored an astonishing 450 goals in 438 appearances across all competitions to become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer.

He moved to Juventus in 2018 in a deal worth £100m and netted 101 goals in 134 matches for the Bianconeri. Ronaldo returned to United in August and has so far scored 11 goals to take him to 129 in total for the club.

Ronaldo’s 800th goal came just over two years after he reached 700, and he has now scored 337 goals in 372 matches since turning 30.

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