Messi surpasses another Ronaldo Champions League record as PSG beat Maccabi Haifa

  • Messi breaks another Ronaldo Champions League record as PSG runs riot against Maccabi Haifa.

Messi surpasses another Ronaldo Champions League record as PSG beat Maccabi Haifa
Messi surpasses another Ronaldo Champions League record as PSG beat Maccabi Haifa

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi has broken another Cristiano Ronaldo, Champions League record as he produced a spellbinding performance against Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday, scoring two fabulous goals.

Messi opened the scoring as Paris Saint-Germain ran riot to beat Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League, but it was his second goal a delicate strike from outside of the box – that stole headlines.

Since making his debut in 2004/05, the Argentine has scored 23 goals outside of the penalty area, one more than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Opta.

In PSG’s opening group stage match against Maccabi, Messi broke another of Ronaldo’s Champions League records by the first player to score against 39 different teams in the competition.


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Maccabi made it difficult for PSG by scoring goals to keep the match reasonably close, but Christophe Galtier’s team had too much offence, with Messi turning back the clock in a stunning display.

Opta also revealed that Messi – 35 years, 123 days – is the oldest player to score and assist twice in one Champions League game.

In addition, he is now the only player in the top five leagues in Europe with at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season in all competitions.

The 35-year-old is firmly back to his superhuman best and will aim to continue his ruthless form for PSG in the last few domestic games before the World Cup, where he will once again captain Argentina, next month.

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