Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Real Madrid’s all-time scoring record with

his latest Champions League goals,

while Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is enjoying a purple patch that most strikers only dream of.

Ronaldo’s double against Malmo on Wednesday were goals 500 and 501 of his career, and he joins Raul as the club’s joint-leading scorer on 323 for Real – having played 419 games fewer.

It came a day after Poland striker Lewandowski scored a


against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, making it 10 in three games for him. He scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Mainz and five times in eight minutes 59 seconds as a second-half substitute in the 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg last week. That quintet included the fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history – three minutes 22 seconds.

The 27-year-old has also become the fastest foreign player to 100 goals in the Bundesliga.

But while the pair are setting new standards for forwards, they need to go some way to match the achievements of some of these goal machines.

1,000 club

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as

won three World Cups with Brazil and is widely considered the best player of all time.

He also holds the record for the most career goals scored with 1,279 in 1,363 games, from 7 September 1956 to 1 October 1977.

Pele’s most prolific year was 1959, when he scored 126 goals.

A special mention goes to fellow Brazilian

who in 2007 in a Brazilian league match, celebrated what he said was his

1,000th goal,

according to his “personal count”.

Romario’s total included 77 goals he scored at youth level and a further 21 in friendly and testimonial matches.

Then there is Brazilian
Arthur Friedenreich,

who according to the Guinness Book of World Records scored an undocumented 1,329 goals in 26 years between 1909 and 1935, a feat not recognised by Fifa.

Most goals in a match

Oceania it seems is a playground for prolific strikers.

In July,
Jean Kaltack


16 goals for South Pacific country Vanuatu  

in a 46-0 win over Micronesia in an Olympic qualifying tournament. Unfortunately for Kaltack, his feat does not stand up as a bona fide world record because it came in an under-23 tournament.

As far as full internationals go,
Archie Thompson

holds the world record for a match with 13 strikes, including eight before half-time, as Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in a World Cup qualifier in 2001.

Archie Thompson

Australia’s Thompson scored 13 goals in a 31-0 rout of American Samoa

On the domestic front, Cypriot striker
Panagiotis Pontikos

scored a record 16 goals for SEK Ayios Athanasios FC in the Greek third division in 2007.

But his tally only equalled the feat

first achieved 

Stephan Stanis

, who managed the same number for Racing Club in a French Cup match against Aubry Asturies in 1942.

Former England centre forward
Joe Payne

still holds the record for most goals in a Football League match with 10 in Luton Town’s 12-0 victory against Bristol Rovers in 1936.

Quick off the mark

Nawaf Al Abed

is believed to

hold the record 

for the fastest goal in football, scoring just 2.4 seconds after kick-off.

The midfielder netted with a 60-yard lob after being passed the ball by an Al Hilal team-mate in a game against Al Shoalah in Saudi Arabia in 2009.

Guinness World Records do not have an entry for the fastest goal ever scored but in 2004 the

Football Association confirmed

amateur footballer
Marc Burrows

had netted the quickest they were aware of.

Nicklas Bendtner

Bendtner scored 47 goals in 171 appearances for Arsenal

Burrows, playing for Cowes Sports FC on the Isle of Wight, scored against Eastleigh Reserves in two-and-a-half seconds in 2004.

Nicklas Bendtner

did not leave a great goalscoring legacy when he left Arsenal for Wolfsburg last year.

But the Denmark striker still holds the record for the fastest goal by a substitute in the Premier League, scoring in six seconds against Tottenham in 2007.

Longest-range goals

Asmir Begovic

is in the

Guinness World Records

for scoring the longest-range goal ever recorded in football.

The Chelsea goalkeeper scored the wonder goal, measured at 91.9m (301ft 6in), playing for Stoke against Southampton in November 2013.

The Bosnian’s long kick forward after just 13 seconds cleared the Southampton defence before bouncing over counterpart Artur Boruc for the opener.

Think that is impressive? How about scoring with a header from 58.13m (190ft 8.58in)?

That honour goes to Norway’s
Jone Samuelson

who scored with his head from

inside his own half

when playing for Odd Grenland against Tromso in 2011.


Goalkeepers are more used to saving shots than scoring them – unless you are Brazilian
Rogerio Ceni.

The 42-year-old – a penalty and free-kick expert – scored his

128th goal in June,

the most ever scored by a goalkeeper.

Rogerio Ceni

Goalkeeper Ceni has scored 128 goals in his career for Brazilian side Sao Paulo

Ceni, who was in Brazil’s World Cup-winning squad of 2002, is one of the top 10 all-time goalscorers for Brazilian club Sao Paulo.

Then there is
Jose Luis Chilavert,

the Paraguay international who is the only keeper to have scored a hat-trick.

He achieved the feat in 1999, scoring three penalties for Argentinean side Velez Sarsfield against Ferro Carril Oeste.

Chilavert also managed eight goals for his country, including four to help his country reach the 2002 World Cup.


Sadio Mane

may have scored the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history last season in four minutes and 32 seconds.

But it is almost three minutes slower than
Tommy Ross,

who holds the record for the fastest hat-trick of all-time.

Ross netted his three goals in 90 seconds for Ross County against Nairn County in 1964.

Golden oldies

Roger Milla

of the iconic corner flag celebration was 42 when he became the oldest ever World Cup goalscorer at the 1994 finals.

But he is a youngster compared with Japan forward
Kazuyoshi Miura,

who at the age of 48 is still scoring goals for Yokohama FC in the J-League Division 2 after signing a one-year contract extension in December.

Miura is the oldest world’s oldest active professional footballer, having signed his first professional contract in 1986.

And he might yet surpass the


Billy Meredith,

who scored for Manchester City against Brighton in the FA Cup at the age of 49 years, 208 days in 1924 and is the oldest international goalscorer, netting for Wales against England aged 45 years, 73 days in 1919.

Wonder of Wambach

Among women footballers,
Abby Wambach

of the USA has scored an incredible 184 goals in 251 games at an average of a goal every 1.36 games.

Wambach, who won the World Cup in 2015, holds the world record for the most international goals scored by an individual in footballing history.

For the men, Iran legend
Ali Daei

holds the international record, with the striker finding the net 109 times in 148 games.

The former Bayern Munich forward retired in 2007, after a 19-year career.

Wrong end

Former Belgian defender
Stan van den Buys

holds the unwanted record of scoring a hat-trick of own goals as Germinal Ekeren lost 3-2 to Anderlecht in 1995.

But his record is eclipsed by the players from Madagascar side
Stade Olympique I’Emyrne,

who scored 149 own goals in a national league game against arch-rivals AS Adema in 2002.


outlandish scoreline

came about as Olympique deliberately scored one own goal after another in protest over a refereeing decision.