Pele has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo on breaking his goalscoring record following his hat-trick on Sunday afternoon.
Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 with the forward grabbing a treble in just 22 minutes.
Pele has previously claimed he scored over 1000 goals – and his message of congrats stated that Ronaldo had beaten his “official” total.
The 36-year-old has scored 770 times during his career – three more than the Brazilian.
Pele took to social media to pay tribute to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
He said on Instagram: “Cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having!”
“I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone.
“Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today.
“But I leave this photo in your honor, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”
Ronaldo has faced a week of criticism following Juventus’ exit from the Champions League.
The forward has not had the desired affect when it comes to European success since his move to Turin.
But prior to his hat-trick on Sunday the Portuguese star issued a message for the first time since the latest European failure.
He said on Instagram : “More important than the number of falls you take in life, is how fast and how strong you get back on your feet… True champions never break!
“Our focus is already in Cagliari, in the Serie A struggle, in the Italian Cup final and in everything that we can still achieve this season.
“It’s true that the past belongs in museums (I should say!), but fortunately, football has memory… and so do I!
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“History can’t be deleted, it’s written every single day with resilience, team spirit, persistence and lots of hard work.
“And those who don’t understand this, will never achieve glory and success.”