CR7's world record disputed by Czech FA

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Cristiano Ronaldo's newfound status as world football's all-time leading goalscorer has been disputed by the Czech Football Association.

Ronaldo was reported to have climbed to the top of football's all-time goalscoring chart earlier this week when he netted his 760th career goal, breaking the previous record believed to have been held by former Austria and Czechoslovakia international Josef Bican.

However, the History and Statistics Committee of the Czech FA has since come out to deny that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has surpassed Bican's record, and insisted that he still requires 62 goals to claim the record.

"Who is the best goalscorer in football history? Josef Bican or Cristiano Ronaldo?" Jaroslav Kolar, head of the committee, asked. "Simple question but complicated answer. Mainly because from the whole amount of Bican's goals you have to pick just the official ones, which is complicated.

"Our History and Statistics Committee of the Czech FA started to deal with this problem. We based our research on statistics from prestigious international statistical websites* that state 805 goals with notice that goals scored by Bican in 1952 in the Czech Second Division for Hradec Kralove are missing.

“We managed to find them – by the way, it's 53 goals in 26 games – and we also double-checked every detail about Bican's league, cup and international matches. After that, we came out with the official number of Josef Bican's scored goals. We can proclaim that Josef Bican scored 821 goals in official matches.

"It means that Cristiano Ronaldo is not the best goalscorer in history yet, and he has to work more to break this record."

*The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation recorded the leading goalscorers as: Lionel Messi & Ferenc Puskás (746 goals), Pele (767), Romario (772), Ronaldo (777) and Bican (805+).

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