After Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United became the first player in football history to amass 700 goals at the club level, Erik ten Hag and Frank Lampard delivered tributes to him. Twenty years and two days after opening his ledger for Sporting, the 37-year-old accomplished the milestone by scoring United’s game-winning goal at Everton.

Both managers at Goodison Park praised Ronaldo for his incredible accomplishment, which includes holding the top goal-scoring positions in both the Champions League and men’s international football.

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“That is really impressive,” Ten Hag said. “To score 700 goals is a huge performance. I’m really happy for him. I congratulate him on that performance and I’m also happy as it’s his first goal this season in the Premier League. He had to wait for it and I’m sure there will be more goals.”

Everton’s Lampard, who competed for Chelsea and England against Ronaldo, said, “It is outstanding. He is one of the greatest players to have graced the game and in an era when we have had him and Messi. The comparisons between them doesn’t matter.”

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“They are both incredible players in football history. The numbers they have racked up are abnormal numbers that have become normal. When he was on 699, I wanted him to score in the Europa League the other night. But in the cold light of day you have to give him credit. It is amazing,” Lampard added.

The United manager stated Ronaldo’s confidence has suffered this season as a result of his goalless streak in the Premier League, but he still has faith in the veteran to get better after ending it.

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“Every player needs it, even when you are the best in the world. I have worked with many goalscorers and they need goals in every season to have that feeling, to have confirmation of their intuition. Once they have some goals they come in a flow and games go easier. That will happen with him as well,” Ten Hag added.