Pele has congratulated Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on breaking his scoring record after his hat-trick on Sunday.
The Serie A side beat Cagliari 3-1 with the former Manchester United player grabbing a treble in only 22 minutes.
Pele has previously claimed he scored over 1000 goals – and his congratulatory message stated that Ronaldo had beaten his “official” total record.
Ronalso has scored 770 goals during his career – three more than the Brazilian. Pele took to social media to pay tribute to the 36-year-old.
He said on Instagram: “Cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having!”
“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 honor, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”
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Ronaldo has faced a week of huge criticism after their exit from the Champions League. He has not had the desired effect when it comes to success in Europe since his move to the club.
Before his hat-trick on Sunday the Portuguese forward issued a message for the first time since Juve’s latest European failure.