Agency – Argentine forward Lionel Messi of French club Paris Saint Germain (PSG) has broken the record of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Champions League.
In the second match of the group stage of the Champions League, he broke Ronaldo’s record by scoring a goal in a 3-1 comeback victory over Israeli club Makavi Haifa.
Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, has scored goals against 39 different clubs in the Champions League. Earlier, Ronaldo had scored a goal against 38 different clubs. Similarly, the 35-year-old Messi has managed to score goals against all 19 clubs he has played in the Champions League.
Likewise, Messi has also set another record for scoring goals in the 18th consecutive season of the Champions League. He scored his first goal in the Champions League for Barcelona in 2005-06. Messi has managed to score goals in all the seasons since then.
French forward Karim Benzema of the Spanish club Real Madrid has also scored 17 consecutive seasons. He is out for a few weeks due to injury. If he scores in the next match, he will also become the 18th consecutive season scorer.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo holds the record for scoring the most goals in the Champions League. Ronaldo has scored 140 goals. Messi, who is second, has scored 126 goals. This season, Ronaldo’s Manchester United is not in the Champions League. Therefore, there is a possibility that other players will reduce Ronaldo’s highest goals.