A former amateur soccer star has now scored more Premier League goals than Cristiano Ronaldo ever did, and in less games

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Just over nine years ago, Jamie Vardy was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the seventh division of English soccer.

On Sunday afternoon, his two goals in a 5-0 win against Newcastle United for Leicester City saw him surpass Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring record in the Premier League.

Vardy’s brace, the first a trademark finish from inside the box and the second a header, took his total in England’s top division to 85 goals, one more than Ronaldo’s 84.

More impressively however, is the fact that Vardy, who only made his first Premier League appearance at the age of 27, has done so in fewer games than the five times Ballon d’Or winner.

While it has taken the English hitman just 183 games to hit that lofty total, it took Ronaldo 196 games to get one less with Manchester United between 2003-2009.

Vardy’s 85 goals also means he has now managed as many as former Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and F

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