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Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player in history to reach 800 career goals



Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal with his strike for Man Utd vs Arsenal ( Image: REUTERS)

Cristiano Ronaldo now stands alone as the first player in football history to achieve 800 career goals – a ludicrous feat that has not been matched by anyone past or present.

Ronaldo put Manchester United 2-1 up against Arsenal at Old Trafford to reach the remarkable milestone with a typically cool finish into the bottom corner after finding space inside the box.

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.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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