Pele insisted that, despite Cristiano Ronaldo overtaking him on the official account, he preserves the all-time goalscoring record.
In Juventus’ 4-1 win toward Udinese at the weekend, Ronaldo scored his 757th and 758th goals.
The Portuguese brace put him one above Pele’s Brazilian legend, whose official score sits at 757 goals.
But Pele has always insisted that he scored far more than that, while his former Santos team recently issued a long declaration explaining why the record holder is a three-time World Cup winner.
And by editing his Instagram bio, the 80-year-old doubled down on his status to include: “Leading Goal Scorer of All Time (1,283).”
During tour or friendly matches, hundreds of those goals came, but that has not stopped Pele from changing his opinion.
Even lately, Santos claimed Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were some kind of way to fit Pele.
The argument was written by a member of the Santos FC Researchers and Historians Association and claims that Pele’s tally of 448 friendly goals should not be ignored.
“In the accounts of the specialized press, the King of Football scored 643 in competitions and the 448 goals scored in matches and friendly competitions were ostracized as if they had less value than the others,” the statement read.
The point of some critics is that poor opponents, such as small or regional teams, faced too many of these 448 goals scored in friendly matches.
Nevertheless, the matches were played in official jerseys, with the game’s official rules and a score sheet.
“You have to note that teams should only play friendly matches with the endorsement of regional and national federations, one of the rules enforced by FIFA, the organizer of world football.
“It is not suitable for collecting statistical data to take intangible characteristics into account, such as the weakness of rivals. The numbers are absolute numbers.’