English striker hits 2000th career goal

English striker hits 2000th career goal

- Mark Raspey has scored his 2000th and 2001th career goal

- Legendary Brazilian striker Pele scored 1281 career goals

- Rapsey has played 36 years in the non-league and amateur scene

- 'Rappo' has made 1380 career appearances - just 17 more than Pele

Former Cornwall striker Mark Raspey has scored the 2000th and 2001st goals of his career which is far more than the amount 1281 goals recorded by Pele.

English striker hits 2000th career goal

Rapsey after scoring his 2000th goal

The hitman met the milestone by calmly slotting home a penalty at the weekend for Wadebridge Town Veterans then scored the 2001st goal in the second period, with a deft chip during a 7-0 win over Lanreath.

“It felt a bit surreal,” Rapsey explained. “It would have been nice if it was the second goal. The penalty was good, but the second goal was better.

"I've probably missed around four seasons in total through injury over the years, so I'm delighted to have finally reached 2,000.

"I haven't played since October 2, so it was starting to prey on my mind a bit and it was total relief when I scored."

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The 49-year-old is believed to be the first person in history to score 2000 goals.

Rapsey has been playing senior men's football since the age of 13 when he began his career with Malabar in 1981.

English striker hits 2000th career goal

Accolades Rapsey has collected over the years

He has spent 36 years in the non-league and amateur scene, including FOUR spells with Falmouth for whom he scored 144 goals in four seasons during the early 90s.

He also featured for Newquay, Wadebridge Town and had a short stint with Exeter City, before suffering injury.

English striker hits 2000th career goal

Rapsey playing for Newquay Town in the 1990s

'Rappo' has so far made 1380 career appearances - just 17 more than Brazilian superstar Pele.

He added: “I’ve had some brilliant times. I’ve met some great friend, I feel blessed and I loved every minute of it.”

The stirker however hinted he could retire at the end of the season: "I'll be 50 in April and Wadebridge only have four games left, so I'll finish the season then probably just play a few charity matches."

Source: Sports.naij.com

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