‘Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Pele’: Jorge Mendes claims client is ‘the


‘Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Pele’: Juventus star’s agent Jorge Mendes claims his client is ‘the greatest of all time’ and that ‘the best is yet to come’ after he netted his 700th career goal

  • Cristaino Ronaldo netted his 700th goal while playing for Portugal on Monday 
  • The 34-year-old’s outstanding goalscoring record has come in 976 appearances
  • Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes believes he is better than Brazil legend Pele 
  • The Juventus forward is back in action for his club on Saturday against Bologna 

Cristiano Ronaldo is the ‘greatest player of all time’ and is ‘better than Pele’, according to his agent Jorge Mendes. 

Ronaldo scored the 700th goal of his career in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat against Ukraine on Monday – to become the sixth player in history to reach that landmark. 

The 34-year-old – now playing his club football in Serie A with Juventus – still has some way to go to beat the all-time record of 800 goals set by former Czech Republic forward Josef Bican, but Mendes insists Ronaldo is not done with breaking records just yet. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the sixth player in the history of the game to score 700 goals 

Brazil legend Pele bagged 767 goals during his career and lifted three World Cups

Brazil legend Pele bagged 767 goals during his career and lifted three World Cups 

CRISTIANO RONALDO’S 700  

  • Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003): Five goals in 31 appearances
  • Manchester United (2003-2009): 118 goals in 292 appearances
  • Real Madrid (2009-2018): 450 goals in 438 appearances
  • Juventus (2018-present): 32 goals in 51 appearances
  • Portugal (2003-present): 95 in 162 appearances

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. 

Mendes also described the moment he first spotted Ronaldo as a 16-year-old, seeing straight away his scary talent alongside his determination.   

Ronaldo’s great rival Lionel Messi currently trails the Portuguese superstar in the all-time scoring tally on 672, though the Argentine is two years Ronaldo’s junior. 

Agent Jorge Mendes spotted Ronaldo as a 16-year-old and immediately knew he was special

Agent Jorge Mendes spotted Ronaldo as a 16-year-old and immediately knew he was special 

Portugal captain Ronaldo lifts the UEFA Nations League trophy in Porto in June

Portugal captain Ronaldo lifts the UEFA Nations League trophy in Porto in June 

Internationally, Ronaldo will now set his sights on the all-time international goalscoring record, held by Ali Daei. 

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