Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi broke two prestigious records in the Champions League when his team overthrew Maccabi Haifa 3-1 on the second matchday, at the Sammy Ofer Stadium, Thursday (15/9/2022) early morning WIB.
In this match, hosts Maccabi Haifa took the lead in the 24th minute through Tjaronn Cerry’s goal. However, PSG managed to get up and win the game again.
The Ligue 1 giants’ comeback comeback began with Lionel Messi’s goal in the 27th minute. After that, PSG secured victory through goals from Kylian Mbappe (69′) and Neymar (88′).
Lionel Messi’s goal not only sparked the rise of PSG. The goal also led the player nicknamed La Pulga to make new history in the Champions League, even breaking two records at once.
Never Missing to Score
Messi’s goal in the match started when the ball fell to Messi’s feet in the Maccabi Haifa penalty box. He easily broke into the opponent’s net.
According to Squawka and William Hill, the goal became history. Lionel Messi became the first player in Champions League history to score in 18 consecutive seasons. No other player has ever recorded such an extraordinary record.
39 Different Team Goals Fooled
The goal also broke another record. According to Squawka, the goal makes Messi has scored goals for 39 different teams in the Champions League.
Previously, the record belonged to Messi and Ronaldo. However, now the Argentinean has officially passed Ronaldo’s record, who was forced to only watch because Manchester United failed to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Lionel Messi Records in the Champions League
The following is a row of records that have been inscribed by Lionel Messi in the Champions League:
Most goals in Champions League group stages: 77 (71 for Barcelona)
Most Champions League round of 16 goals: 29
Most goals in consecutive Champions League seasons: 18 seasons
Most goals in UEFA club competitions for a single club: 123 (Barcelona)
Most goals against different clubs in the Champions League: 39 clubs
What about Cristiano Ronaldo?
Cristiano Ronaldo does not need to be discouraged by Lionel Messi’s record above. Because, the 37-year-old player is still listed as the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 141 goals.
It’s just that, because this season is absent from the Champions League, Ronaldo can not increase the number of goals. This moment can be used by Messi to approach or even surpass Ronaldo’s goal record. Currently, Messi has scored 126 goals in the Champions League.
Messi is playing in the Champions League this season and is very likely to add to his tally of goals. In addition, Messi is also two years younger than Ronaldo.