After being accused of seeking to overshadow Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s record-breaking accomplishments, Pele has denied updating his Instagram profile.
On the social media website, three-time World Cup winner Pele calls himself the ‘leading goal scorer of all time,’ claiming to have scored a whopping 1,283 goals.
Former Brazil and Santos striker scored 757 times during his stellar playing career, which ran from 1956 and 1977, official records say.
On Sunday, Juventus and Portugal forward Ronaldo surpassed that amount by going on to 758 courtesy of a brace against Udinese in a Serie A match, while Argentina international Messi broke Pele’s record of goals for a single club by netting his 644th for Barcelona just before Christmas.
Despite disagreeing with the record books, in the aftermath of Ronaldo’s weekend double, 80-year-old Pele has defiantly responded to suggestions he changed his Instagram bio.
He wrote on Twitter, “I was accused by the press of having modified my Instagram bio to overshadow these big stars that are breaking my records.”
Ever since I entered the site, the bio text has always been the same. None of this should distract us from your impressive accomplishments.
With an impressive tally of 805, scored between 1931 and 1955, the Czech player Josef Bican is officially recognized as the greatest goal scorer in football.
Pele’s former side, Santos, disputed the number of goals he scored for them between 1956 and 1974 after news of Messi’s historic 644th strike for Barca on 22 December.
They issued a statement saying 1,091 goals were his tally for the club, much higher than the officially reported 643.