- Juventus defeated Dynamo Kiev 3-0 on Wednesday in Champions League play.
- Cristiano Ronaldo score on a tap-in for the 750th goal of his professional soccer career.
- Ronaldo says his target is now to score 800 career goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo made several milestones with a tap-in during Wednesday’s Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev. Juventus defeated Kiev 3-0 in a match where Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to take charge of a Champions League match.
Federico Chiesa opened the scoring for Juve at the Allianz Stadium, 20 years after his father’s last goal in the competition. But it was Ronaldo’s milestone strike that captured the headlines in the sport on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 750th career goal was…. a goal ? pic.twitter.com/ZOFPwlhOZr
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 2, 2020
Several Milestones on Wednesday
Cristiano has scored his first Champions League goal against Dynamo Kiev since November 2007, 13 years and 25 days ago. It’s the biggest gap between goals by a player against an opponent in #UCL history!
Longevity. ??? pic.twitter.com/CDtpQvaVn9
— Cristiano Ronaldo 7⃣ (@CRonaldo7egend) December 2, 2020
Wednesday’s score was CR7’s first Champions League goal against Dynamo Kiev since November 2007. As a testament to his longevity, Ronaldo’s last goal against the Ukrainian side happened 13 years and 25 days ago. That’s the biggest gap between CL goals by a player against a single opponent But that wasn’t just the only milestone of the day for him.
The goal was also Ronaldo’s 71st home goal in Champions League play, giving him one more than Lionel Messi who has netted 70 CL home goals. To show how dominant these two have been in tournament history, Raul and Robert Lewandowski who are tied for third in the CL home scoring list have scored a total of 71 home CL goals.
More significantly, the goal was the 750th in Cristiano Ronaldo’s professional football career. He had just reached the 700th goal milestone in October 2019 and just over a year, he has added 50 to his tally. With his latest achievement, Ronaldo is nearing the all-time record for most career goals scored.
Nearing The All-Time Record
Only three men have more career goals than Cristiano Ronaldo (750).
Next up: Brazil legend Pele on 767 ? pic.twitter.com/sedNYKxyom
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 2, 2020
Ronaldo’s goal on Wednesday was his 75th for Juve since his transfer to the Italian Giants from Real Madrid in 2018. CR7 netted 450 times for the Los Blancos and struck 118 times for Manchester United before his move to the Bernabeu. The other five goals from his club total came from his first club Sporting CP.His 102 international goals scored complete his current tally of 750 career goals. Ronaldo is ranked second in the all-time international scoring list behind only Ali Daei of Iran.
CR7 has scored already 10 goals in 8 games played this season and is showing no signs of slowing down. If he continues this pace, he should be able to pass Pele who is only 17 goals ahead of him. He might even overtake Romario who is just 22 up on him for the all-time lead according to the Soccer Statistics Foundation.
However, he has still some ways to go before overtaking Czech-Austrian forward Josef Bican who is widely regarded as the sport’s all-time leading scorer. Bican is listed as the UEFA’s top scorer with an unconfirmed total of 805+ goals. Whether that’s confirmed or not, Cristiano Ronaldo says that is his next stop:
Quest for 800
Ronaldo’s quest for 800 goals begins when they take on Torino in Saturday’s derby della Molle. The Bianconeri are currently listed as a -244 odds on favorite in the 1X2 odds listed st SportsBetting.ag.
On December 8th, their next Champions League assignment will be against Barcelona at Camp Nou. The Old Lady is listed as a +230 betting underdog against the Spanish giants. Juve then takes on Genoa on December 13th in another Italian Serie A assignment. They are currently pegged as the -256 betting favorite in the 1X2 oddsboard.
CR7 is also the top betting favorite to win the 2020/21 Serie A top goalscorer award. He is currently listed as a +175 at Bet365 with Romel Lukaku and Ciro Immobile coming next at +300 and +400, respectively. Last season, Ronaldo finished with 31 league goals and if he matches that mark, he’s likely moving ahead of Pele and Romario in the goal-scoring leaderboard.