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

LIONEL MESSI has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring against a 39th other club in the Champions League.

The French champions were surprised by an early goal on Wednesday night when Maccabi Haifa put Tjaronn Chery ahead after 24 minutes.

Messi scored against a 39th other club in the Champions League on Wednesday night

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Messi scored against a 39th other club in the Champions League on Wednesday nightPhoto credit: AFP
Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League

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Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in the Champions LeaguePhoto credit: Rex

But Christophe Galtier’s side were quickly equalized by Messi eight minutes before the break.

The 35-year-old Argentine scored 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 at 140.

And Messi has now eclipsed his Portuguese rivals when it comes to another stunning statistic.

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

That’s one more than Ronaldo – with the pair previously tied at 38 each.

And Ronaldo will have to wait at least another year before attempting to add to his tally.

The Manchester United striker is currently playing in the Europa League for the first time in his career.

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And he failed to prevail in the 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 have scored 100 goals in this competition – with Robert Lewandowski next best at 89, just ahead of Karim Benzema at 86.

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