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 By Chris Wright

Twice as good as Pele? Striker in Cornwall, 49, scores 2,000th goal

There's a chance it may have passed you by, but Sunday was a truly momentous day down in the lower reaches of the English amateur game.

This was because one of Cornish football's greatest goal scorers notched the 2,000th goal of his long and storied 36-year amateur career.

Mark "Rappo" Rapsey, 49, came on for Wadebridge Veterans against Lanreath and promptly scored twice to pass the milestone -- some 19 years after he first passed the 1,000-goal mark.

To put that into context, Brazil legend Pele -- the only player to win the World Cup three times -- scored over 1,000 goals in his career but fell short at a comparatively pitiful 1,279 strikes for clubs and country.

"I was a bit nervous taking the penalty to be honest. I hadn't been on the pitch so I wasn't really warmed up and I didn't want to make myself look an idiot because there were a few people watching," Rappo told the Falmouth Packet newspaper after the final whistle.

"The goalkeeper was former Brentford player Dave McGhee, who I haven't seen for 15 years since we last played for Cornwall together in Devon. He was giving me a bit of banter but luckily I stuck it away."

Having turned out for a succession of teams in Cornwall and Devon over the years, Rappo is now planning on seeing out the remainder of his career at Wadebridge, where he hopes to retire at the end of the current 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," he said.

What a hero.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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