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CR801: Football world reacts to Ronaldo’s historic career landmark

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Several figures around the football world congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo after his latest incredible career achievement.

The stats don’t lie, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored an insane 801 goals in 1,097 games for club and country.

The Portuguese ace became the first player in football history to score 800 career goals at the highest level by hitting a brace for Manchester United in a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday.

In doing so, Ronaldo further etched his name into the history books and got a load of tributes from past legends to current stars.

Rio Ferdinand

Kicking the tributes off on Twitter was Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate, Rio Ferdinand

The former defender even made a jibe at recent suggestions that Ronaldo’s lack of pressing in games was the problem.

Alan Shearer

The Premier League’s all-time top scorer paid tribute to CR7’s determination over the years on TV and also congratulated him on social media.

Thierry Henry

The Arsenal legend, a player many English fans rate as the Premier League’s greatest player of all time, made a big confession.

“I would need two lives to match Cristiano Ronaldo [in goals].”

Gary Lineker

The former Barcelona striker, and a Lionel Messi fan, hit back at Ronaldo’s critics.

Patrice Evra

The former Red Devils full-back aimed a dig at Jamie Carragher after the ex-Liverpool man’s comments about Ronaldo in a heated argument with Roy Keane this week.

“Jamie Carragher I think he played 775 games. Cristiano today he scored 801 goals. Those kind of people talk about Cristiano, some people have to stay in their lane.”

Manchester United

No surprises here.

Diogo Dalot

Taking to Instagram Stories, Dalot shared a picture of himself with the man of the moment after the match.

Matheus Pereira

The Brazilian midfielder, who plays for Barcelona’s B team, is bound to have ruffled some feathers at Camp Nou.

Fabrizio Romano

The renowned transfer journalist responded to suggestions that Ronaldo’s lack of pressing may be a problem for incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who was in the stands.

Marcus Rashford

Another classy tribute from another teammate…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Even though Aubameyang was on the losing side on Thursday, the Arsenal skipper couldn’t hide his admiration for Ronaldo on Instagram.

Jadon Sancho

Piers Morgan

The Arsenal fan summed up the evening for the Gunners perfectly in three words.

Amad Diallo

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno again had words of praise for his illustrious Portuguese compatriot.

Incredible. We all know he is improving game by game, year by year. He wants to keep being the best and that’s what he did. He knows how to self-motivate.

Edwin van der Sar

The former Red Devils goalkeeper paid tribute to his former teammates Michael Carrick, who has vacated his role as a coach, and Ronaldo.