Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Brazil football great Pele's second-highest official goal tally after netting twice against Udinese, racking up his 758th goal. But the three-time World Cup winner appeared to have not accepted the record and updated his Instagram bio, insisting that he was still the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of the sport. Following the controversy, Pele has now spoken for the first time, offering clarification for the purported conflict.
Ronaldo overtook Pele goals record last week, netting twice against Udinese to take his tally to 758 goals. Interestingly, the Brazilian legend struck 757 official goals in his career. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is now two goals shy from overtaking Josef Bican, who holds the record of scoring the most number of times in football.
After Ronaldo's milestone, Pele changed his Instagram bio. The updated Pele Instagram bio read, "Leading Goalscorer of All Time", while also mentioning the number of goals he believes he has scored in his decorated career, 1283 to be precise. This move racked up controversy, with fans mocking the Brazilian.
But Pele has now come out in the open to speak on the same. The 80-year-old took to Twitter to slam the media, who have accused him of "having changed my Instagram bio to overshadow these big stars that are breaking my records." But he rubbished the claims suggesting that the bio has been the same ever since he joined Instagram.
Eu fui acusado por parte da imprensa de ter mudado a bio do meu Instagram, para ofuscar essas grandes estrelas que estão quebrando meus recordes. O texto da bio sempre foi o mesmo, desde que entrei na plataforma. Nada disso deveria nos distrair das suas conquistas incríveis.— Pelé (@Pele) January 6, 2021
He also claimed that such reports should not distract people from the extraordinary achievements of the incredible footballers. This, however, isn't the first time that the Brazil legend has been under the scanner for his records. Recently, Barcelona icon Lionel Messi overtook Pele's single-club goal record, netting his 644th goal for the Camp Nou outfit.
While Pele sent out a heartwarming message, congratulating the six-time Ballon d'Or winner for the spectacular milestone, Santos decided to refute the Messi goals record. The Brazilian outfit, where Pele spent 18 seasons in all, claimed that he had netted 1,091 goals, as averse to the official record of 643 goals.