Jorge Mendes claims Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Pele

Jorge Mendes claims Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Pele

- Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked above Brazil legend Pele

- The 34-year-old scored his 700th career goal earlier this week

- Ronaldo now becomes the sixth player to achieve the feat while Lionel Messi trails his rival with 28 goals

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Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo recently scored his 700th career goal in Portugal's 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in 2020 Euro qualifiers.

His achievements over the years have earned him a legendary status in the sports, having become the most successful player in the history of Champions League.

The 34-year-old became sixth player to reach the milestone after the likes of Gerd Muller (735 goals), Ferenc Puskás (746), Pelé (767), Romário (772) and Josef Bican (805).

However, despite his failure to win FIFA World Cup so far his career, Portuguese football agent believes the striker is the 'greatest player of all time'.

The 53-year-old further stated that the former Manchester United forward is 'better than Pele', who won three World Cup titles during his active playing days.

There's a chance the striker would reach over 800 goals and beat Bican to become the all time highest goals scorer of all time as reported by Daily Mail.

Speaking to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Mendes said: "The numbers do not lie. The overwhelming way in which Cristiano Ronaldo shatters records elevates him to the category of the best player in the history of football and with a big difference compared to the second.

"For all that he has achieved in the services of the different clubs which he has represented, either in England or in Spain or now in Italy, but also with the Portuguese national team.

"The fact is that with Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has already played three finals, winning two,' Mendes explains in reference to Portugal winning Euro 2016 and this year's inaugural UEFA Nations League, as well as being runners-up at Euro 2004.

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Lionel Messi on the other hand needed 28 goals to equal Ronaldo's current record and will have to do more to beat the Portuguese.

The Argentine has 672 goals at the moment and with his impressive goals scoring form, he stands a chance to reach the milestone this year.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be hoping to break the all-time international goalscoring record, held by Ali Daei, who has 109 goals in 149 games for his country, while 34-year-old Ronaldo is currently on 95 from 162 caps.

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe award having emerged top scorer at the end of 2018-19 season.

Despite being ruled out for some weeks due to injury, the 32-year-old still went ahead to score 36 goals in 34 league appearances, while assisting 13 others in the process.

He also finished highest goals scorer in European last campaign but failed to help the Catalans reach final of the Champions League after losing to Liverpool.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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