Champions League: Messi breaks Ronaldo’s record after scoring for PSG against Maccabi Haifa
Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has broken more records after netting the 126th Champions league goal of his career on Wednesday night.
Messi scored for PSG at Maccabi Haifa and edges closer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 140 goals in the Europe’s elite competition.
The Argentina international is still second on that list but has overtaken his old rival in one ranking.
The former Barcelona star has now scored against a record 39 different opponents in the Champions League.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has previously been level with the Manchester United icon in that standing on 38, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema their closest competitor on 34.
Also both Benzema and Messi had scored in 17 consecutive seasons in the Champions League leading to Wednesday night games, but the Argentine is now the first player ever to net in the competition in 18 campaigns on the spin.
Ronaldo is only just behind Messi and Benzema with two on 16, but he is set to lose that run this season with Manchester United playing in the Europa League.
Ronaldo is still holding onto a couple of records that Messi could beat but has some work to do.
The Portuguese icon has played the most Champions League games, 187, and recorded the most assists in the competition, 42.
Messi is behind on appearances, on 158, with Iker Casillas also ahead of him on 181. While he is second in assists, five behind Ronaldo on 37.
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