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Lionel Messi breaks Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League record after scoring for PSG against Maccabi Haifa

LIONEL MESSI overtook rival Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring against a different 39th club in the Champions League.

The French champions were stunned with an early goal on Wednesday night as Maccabi Haifa slipped past Tjaronn Chery in the 24th minute.


Messi scored against a different 39th club in the Champions League on Wednesday nightCredit: AFP
Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time top scorer


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But Christophe Galtier’s side quickly equalized eight minutes before the break thanks to Messi.

The 35-year-old Argentinian came home from close range after Kylian Mbappe’s withdrawal.

It was his 126th Champions League goal – a record that leaves him just 14 behind Ronaldo in 140.

And Messi has now eclipsed his Portuguese rival when it comes to another startling stat.

The former Barcelona man has now scored against 39 different clubs in Europe’s elite competition.

That’s one more than Ronaldo – with the pair previously locked at 38 apiece.

And Ronaldo looks set to wait at least a year before he can try to add to his tally.

Indeed, the Manchester United striker is currently plying his trade in the Europa League for the first time in his career.


And he failed to make his mark in this competition last week as the Red Devils lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times – once with Manchester United in 2008 and four times with Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Messi has lifted the trophy four times – in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015.

They are the only two players to score 100 goals in the competition – with Robert Lewandowski second best on 89, just ahead of Karim Benzema on 86.

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In PSG’s game against Maccabi Haifa, they won the match 3-1 as Galtier’s men turned the tide in the second half.

Mbappe and Neymar both struck in the final 25 minutes to ensure the French side secured two out of two Champions League wins this season.


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