Brazil Pele has accepted that Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his record after the Portuguese striker scored a perfect hattrick on Sunday against Cagliari in the Serie A fixture.
There have been debates over the actual record of goals from the Brazilian striker during his career — while Pele claimed it is over 1000 goals, some gave the accolade to Bican Josef at 805 goals.
On Sunday, it seems Pele himself has finally thrown in the towel to the Juventus hitman.
“Cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having!” wrote Pele on Instagram.
“I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone.
“Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today.
“But I leave this photo in your honour, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”