Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo by setting new Champions League records.

On Wednesday night, Lionel Messi broke two Champions League records to surpass his longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentine superstar scored from close range to draw Maccabi Haifi and Paris Saint-Germain in Israel. Tjaronn Chery gave the home team an unexpected lead, scoring their first goal in the competition (apart from qualification games) in 20 years.


The Israeli team’s lead, however, only lasted 14 minutes as Messi equalized in the 37th minute. After Kylian Mbappe’s incisive run, the ball fell nicely to Messi inside the box, and he took a moment to gather himself before putting the ball past goalie Joshua Cohen.

That strike meant that Messi set multiple Champions League competition records. Maccabi Haifa became the 39th club that the 35-year-old had scored against in the competition. That is more than any other player, moving him clear of Ronaldo – who had netted against 38 different teams in the trophy.


Furthermore, it was the first time that Messi had scored a goal against a club from Israel. That meant that he has now scored against at least one club from all 19 different nations he has faced in the Champions League across his career.

Messi’s strike in Israel also meant that it was the 18th successive season in which he had found the net in the Champions League – another competition record. His first goal in the competition came in the 2005/06 campaign for Barcelona against Greek team Panathinaikos – and the strike in Israel was his 18th season in a row in which he has scored in the competition.


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