Even at this late stage in his career, Lionel Messi continues to break historic records in the UEFA Champions League competition.
Messi was a standout performer in the opening half of PSG’s Champions League away group stage fixture against Maccabi Haifa. The Argentine forward scored a goal and created one goal-scoring chance in the opening 45 minutes of the contest.
The goal for Messi was quite a historic one, as he has now scored against 39 different teams in the Champions League competition, which broke a tie with Cristiano Ronaldo for sole possession of first place on this leaderboard.
Lionel Messi passes Cristiano Ronaldo for most opponents scored against in the Champions League — 39 different teams.
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Overall, Messi now sits at 126 goals scored in his Champions League career, which ranks at second all-time behind Ronaldo (140).
In the big picture, Messi has recorded a stout 12 total goal contributions in all competitions so far this season with five goals and seven assists, which include two scores in Champions League group stage play.