Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear that his focus remains on achieving success with Juventus, at least for the short term.
The Portuguese international scored a hat-trick for Juve in their 3-1 win over Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday, breaking Pele’s record of goals in football history.
“The future is tomorrow and there’s still a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal!” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram afterwards.
The 35-year-old had been linked with a return to Real Madrid following Juve’s elimination at the hands of Porto in the Champions League.
In response, Ronaldo officially broke Pele’s record of 767 goals in football. Some reports signalled that he’d beaten the milestone of 757 weeks ago, though the Juventus forward wanted to remove all doubt.
“My everlasting and unconditional admiration for mister Edson Arantes do Nascimento, such as the respect that I have for mid-20th century football, led me to take into account his 767 score, assuming his 9 goals for Sao Paulo State Team, as well as his single goal for the Brazilian Military Team, as official goals,” Ronaldo said on Instagram.
“The World has changed since then and football has changed as well, but this doesn’t mean that we can just erase history according to our interests.”
“Cristiano, life is a solo flight,” Pele responded on Instagram.
“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 honour, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”