Cristiano Ronaldo reached another landmark in his illustrious career by scoring his 700th club goal in Manchester United’s win at Everton.
The goal took the 37-year-old Portugal forward’s tally to 144 for United across his two spells at the club.
He scored 450 for Real Madrid, 101 for Juventus and five for Sporting Lisbon.
Sunday’s goal at Goodison Park was only the second of the season for Ronaldo, whose 699th goal came in the Europa League against FC Sheriff in September.
Ronaldo started the Everton game on the bench but came on for the injured Anthony Martial in the 29th minute and scored what proved to be the winner 15 minutes later as United went 2-1 up.
Everton boss Frank Lampard and Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag were both in awe of the forward’s achievements.
“It is outstanding, one of the greatest players that has graced the game in an era when we have had himself and Messi,” said Lampard.
“The comparison doesn’t matter, they are both incredible players in football history. The numbers they have racked up… abnormal numbers that have become normal. When he was on 699, I wanted him to score in the Europa League the other night.”
Ten Hag, who has mostly used Ronaldo from the bench this season, added: “That is really impressive, when you score 700 goals, it’s a huge performance.
“I’m really happy for him, I congratulate him on that performance and I’m also happy it’s his first goal this season in the Premier League – he had to wait for it and I’m sure there will be more goals.”
Ronaldo’s team-mate Bruno Fernandes told BT Sport: “It is tough still counting goals for Ronaldo because every week seems like a new record.
“I am really happy because he has been working hard to get this goal. Today he got the goal and the win and that is the most important for him, that the team won.”
Ronaldo’s 700 goals, club by club
Ronaldo’s most prolific spell came at Madrid, where he scored an incredible 450 goals in 438 appearances to become Los Blancos’ all-time leading marksman.
His best individual season also came with Madrid, netting 61 times from an expected goals (xG) value of 47.9 in 54 games across all competitions in 2014-15. In that campaign, Ronaldo registered the best minutes-per-goal ratio (76.1) of any player from Europe’s top five leagues to have scored at least 10 across all fronts.
Across his nine-year stint in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo hit the 60-goal mark twice (2011-12, 2014-15), with his lowest-scoring campaign coming in the 2009-10 season, his first at the club. He still managed 33 goals in 35 appearances.
Prior to becoming a legend at Madrid, Ronaldo of course made his mark at United. His best season in England was in 2007-08, when he scored 42 times across all competitions.
Playing predominantly as a winger for Alex Ferguson, and dovetailing with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo left United in 2009 having found the net on 118 occasions for the club, having previously scored five times for Sporting.
His time at Juve did not yield the Champions League title he was bought to help the Bianconeri win, though they still won Serie A twice, and the Coppa Italia. Ronaldo plundered 101 goals in 134 matches during his three years in Italy, averaging one every 114 minutes.