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Ronaldo Is The Second-Highest Goalscorer Of ALL-TIME As He Overtakes Pele

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Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Pele as the second-highest goalscorer of all-time with a brace for Juventus in their 4-1 win against Udinese on Sunday.

The Portuguese forward scored his 757th and 758th goal of his illustrious career with the goals coming in either half as Andrea Pirlo’s side moved up to fifth in the Serie A table.

Pele registered 757 goals during his career for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil between 1956 and 1977, but now sits third in the all-time list with Ronaldo now one behind Josef Bican’s total of 759.

Ronaldo can equal then eclipse Bican when Juventus visit AC Milan on Wednesday night which will be a crucial match for the Serie A champions’ title defence.

Juventus sit ten points behind leaders Milan with a game in hand, though three points against Stefano Pioli’s side could haul them back into Scudetto contention.

Ronaldo now has 656 club career goals since his first season at Sporting Lisbon back in 2002, with the majority of the goals coming at Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old scored 450 goals in 438 appearances while playing in the Spanish capital though Ronaldo also has an esteemed goal tally on the international stage too.

 

The forward has 102 goals in 120 matches for Portugal and that tally is expected to grow as Fernando Santos’ side look to defend their European Championships title this summer.

It means former Manchester United man Ronaldo averages a whopping 42 goals-a-season over his 18-year career for both club and country.

Meanwhile, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is behind Ronaldo in the all-time record for club and country with 742 goals, though the Argentinian forward has managed this total by playing 200 fewer career games than the Juventus star.

Messi also holds the record for the most goals scored for a single club – 644 goals – another record previously held by Pele until the Barcelona man broke it last month with a goal against Valladolid.

The Argentine has since given a bottle of Budweiser to every single goalkeeper he has scored against, with shot stoppers receiving multiple bottles if they conceded more than one goal.

Pele’s former club Santos, however, released a statement that Messi did not break the Brazilian forward’s record last month as he actually scored 1,091 during his 20th-century career.

Ronaldo’s brace against Juventus, meanwhile, was his 14th league goal of the season with the 35-year-old currently leading the Italian top-flight’s scoring charts.

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Nigeria Not Yet Ripe For World Cup Triumph — Rohr

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Nigeria Not Yet Ripe For World Cup Triumph — Rohr

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr

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Olusola Jide Jide
Wed Feb 24 2021

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that Nigeria is not yet good enough to win the FIFA World Cup yet.

Rohr who stated this in a YouTube interview session with New Central TV also said Africa cannot challenge other continents for the coveted title.

“We are not ready to win the world cup, for some reason, First reason for me is the organisation, still a lots of problems in travelling arrangement, preparations and venue for games.

“France is the champions at the moment, where are they playing? They are playing in PSG, Bayern Munich. Four of them are world champions at their clubs also.

“When you have your players in the best clubs there is a probability that you are the best team in the world.

“So what we have in Nigeria for example, we have our players in Fulham, in West Bromwich. It’s not Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United or Barcelona. But the other ones have their players there.

“So it would be a miracle if we actually win the world cup, Rohr said.

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Ex-Italy Defender Dies After Legs Amputated Due To COVID-19

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Ex-Italy Defender Dies After Legs Amputated Due To COVID-19

Ex-Italy defender Mauro Bellugi had died after having both of his legs amputated following complications with Covid-19.

Bellugi was admitted to hospital in early November after being diagnosed with the virus.

He then underwent emergency surgery to amputate both of his legs after a pre-existing condition worsened.

The former Inter Milan player remained in a Milanese hospital and passed away on Saturday at the age of 71.

His loss has been felt across Italy where Serie A clubs all held a minute’s silence before kick-off at the weekend.

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CL: Liverpool / Leipzig Clash Doubtful Over New German Travel Rules

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Germany’s strict new travel restrictions have cast doubt over RB Leipzig’s Champions League last 16 meeting with Liverpool, after a government spokesperson told AFP on Monday that the rules do not exempt professional athletes.

 

The ban on travellers from countries hit by new, more contagious coronavirus variants such as Britain contains “no special provision for professional sportspeople”, an interior ministry spokesperson told AFP.

 

Introduced on Saturday and in place until February 17, the new rules could scupper Premier League champions Liverpool’s trip to Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena the day before.

 

Unless they are granted special exemption, Liverpool staff and players would be unable to enter Germany from Britain according to the rules.

 

While coach Jurgen Klopp would be allowed into the country as a German national, he would have to leave most of his team behind.

 

Germany introduced the tougher travel restrictions on certain countries in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants.

 

The countries affected by the ban are Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa, as well as the southern African kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini.

 

The entry restrictions cover arrivals by air, bus, rail and sea, and allow exceptions for medical workers and others in key jobs.

 

Yet the interior ministry spokesperson said Monday that there would only be “a few, narrow exemptions”.

 

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