On Thursday (AEDT), Andrea Pirlo won his first trophy as a coach as Juventus defeated Napoli 2-0 in the Italian Super Cup, although more history was made by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s 64th-minute opener against Napoli, per Opta, moved him to 760 career goals, and past the official all-time leader, Josef Bican, although it is still a slightly contentious subject, without a black and white response (759).
Although both Brazilian legends Pele and Romario claim to have scored over 1,000 career goals, and Bican over 800, those figures include friendly, amateur, and unofficial shots, moving them below the total of Ronaldo.
Pele officially sits with 757 career goals, Romario with 743, while with 719, Lionel Messi trails.
In just his 1040th career appearance, Ronaldo’s 760th goal came as the Super Cup win also brought up his 30th career trophy, and fourth with Juventus.
Before Napoli captain, Lorenzo Insigne missed a penalty and Alvaro Morata added a second deep into injury time, Ronaldo blasted in the first goal from a corner in Reggio Emilia.
For the ninth time, Juventus won the annual trophy, contested between the league champions and the Italian Cup holders, having finished runners-up to Lazio last year.
“This trophy is very important because, for the rest of our season, it can give us confidence,” Ronaldo said.
Juventus are fifth in the table, 10 points behind AC Milan’s leaders, after losing 2-0 to Inter Milan’s second-place finish last weekend.
Ronaldo added, “The Scudetto is possible, Milan and Inter are very powerful, but there are still a lot of games to play and we can still do it.”