This means the Argentine might be able to score more goals if the Portuguese retire early.However, nobody knows who will retire first. A good example is Steven Gerrard who retired in 2016 at the age of 36. Ryan Giggs retired at 40 years.
So it will be difficult to tell who between the two top stars will come close to 1000 career goals. The most important thing is to recognize just how hard it is in modern football to achieve that. The two average about 50 goals per season and they are still far away from the top.
Now let us look at 5 footballers who managed to score more than 1000 career goals in history;
5. Franz Binder-1006 goals
Franz Binder was an Austrian footballer who was a prolific striker during his days. He featured for many clubs including PSV Eindhoven between the years 1930 to 1949. He scored 1006 career goals in 756 matches.
Austria glory days are behind them when it comes to football. However, Binder name will forever remain in the history books. He averaged more than 1 goal per game. The country football fraternity has an example to give to young sportsmen and women.
4. Pele- 1,279 goals
Brazilian master Pele played between the years 1956 to 1977 scoring 1,279 goals in 1,363 matches for clubs like Santos among others and also the national team Brazil. His best year was in 1959 when he scored 126 goals.
The legendary footballer is by far the most popular soccer player in the last century. He helped the South American country become a force in the World in a time when Europe was dominant. The Samba boys inspired not only other countries in the continent but also across the globe.
3. Artur Friedenreich- 1,329 goals
Little known Brazilian Artur Friedenreich played between the years 1909 to 1935 scoring an undocumented 1,329 goals in a 26-year first-class football career.
2. Gerard Müller- 1461 goals
German goal machine Gerd Müller scored 1461 goals in 1216 matches between the years 1962 to1983. The goals came during his time at Bayern Munich and also Germany.
There is no conversation that can be complete in Bavaria without mentioning his name. He was a special player that normally comes around after a century. He scored more than one goal per game which is a phenomenal return.
1. Josef Bican – 1468 goals
Little known Josef Bican from Czechoslovakia modern day Czech scored 1468 goals in record 918 matches between the years 1931 and 1956.
Bican inspired a general and the fruits can be seen through players like Petr Cech of Arsenal. He averaged more than two goals per game. That is a return even the likes of Messi and Ronaldo can only admire.