Ronaldo scored twice as Manchester United opened the home of Old Trafford to a 3-2 victory over Arsenal in their Premier League game on Thursday.
The last two goals were the Portugal international’s 800th and 801th goals in a career at club and national level. After trading for almost twenty years.
Cristiano Ronaldo has made his mark with 800 career goals.
Ronaldo’s 801 goals record
5 goals: Sporting Lisbon
130 goals: Manchester United
450 goals: Real Madrid
101 goals: Juventus
115 goals: Portugal
Ronaldo also scored 61 Premier League goals at Old Trafford, overtaking Paul Scholes (59) to become second on the team, behind only Wayne RooNey, who scored 101 goals.
The 36-year-old’s desire to be acknowledged by all as the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of boots is well-documented. and with this feat, few could argue he hasn’t already achieved his aim.
His quest to become a football icon begun just shy of two decades ago. When he notched his first career goal for boyhood club Sporting CP in his home country of Portugal as a teenager.
Few in attendance that day could have predicted. That goal would go on to be the first of 800. But such is Ronaldo’s overwhelming confidence he may have had an inkling.