Cristiano Ronaldo was heavily linked with a Manchester United exit this summer, just a year after completing a blockbuster return to Old Trafford return. And one of the biggest reasons behind that was believed to be the fact that the Red Devils had failed to qualify for the Champions League, having finished trophyless and sixth in the Premier League last season.
Ronaldo hosts a whole host of records in the Champions League but a certain Lionel Messi is not far behind him in most aspects, and has the advantage of being two-and-a-half years younger as well.
Ronaldo saw one of his records tumble, which he previously shared with Messi, when Paris Saint-Germain managed to beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1.
As reported by the Daily Star, Messi has now scored against the most different teams in the competition at 39, while Ronaldo has scored against 38. The Argentine also became the first player to score in the Champions League in 18 different seasons. The goal also brings his tally to 126, while the Portuguese legend has scored 140 times.
Manchester United: Messi breaks Ronaldo’s record in the Champions League
Messi is quite some distance away when it comes Ronaldo’s record of most goals in the Champions League.
But if there is one man that you can never count out, it is the little genius. If PSG are able to make a deep run into the competition, it would not be much of a surprise if Messi ends up with 7-8 goals to his name.
One also must point out though that he has transformed into a playmaker these days instead of being the main source of goals for his team. And we saw a glimpse of the connection that he has built up with Kylian Mbappe in the French capital, as the Argentina assisted the French World Cup winner against Maccabi Haifa.