Lionel Messi breaks another of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring records… and Man Utd icon will struggle to get it back

NO MESSING LIONEL MESSI strengthened his GOAT claim over Cristiano Ronaldo after breaking another goalscoring record previously held by his rival.

The 35-year-old overtook Ronaldo’s tally for goals in top five European leagues by scoring his 697th for Paris Saint-Germain against Montpellier last night.

Lionel Messi scored his 14th goal of the season against Montpellier last night

And it takes him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally for goals in top five European leagues
Here’s how Messi has fared in Ligue 1 so far this season
Messi equalled the Portuguese legend’s tally in early January – but did so in 88 games fewer.

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And now, three weeks later, Messi finally added the special extra goal he needed to claim the record outright in 84 games less.

In a game which saw Kylian Mbappe miss a first-half penalty and see two PSG goals ruled out by VAR, Messi and Co finally broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the interval.

Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring with his first PSG goal since his summer move from Napoli, before he turned provider for Messi.

Picking up the ball just outside the area, Ruiz played a pass through the eye of a needle for the onrushing Messi.

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Messi’s deft first touch was then followed up by a finish with his other foot into the bottom corner to double the Parisiens lead with his 28th goal contribution of the season.

Fans lavished praise onto the ex-Barcelona ace, with one saying: “He did not disappoint a fan who said Messi is the best player in history.”

A third added: “Messi the Goat.”

With Messi now taking the lead in the all-time top five tally, Ronaldo will be hard-pressed to reclaim the record.

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The ex-Manchester United ace is currently plying his trade in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr.

Ronaldo signed a record-breaking £173million-a-year contract to join the Middle East side after his contract at Man United was terminated following a bombshell interview.

However, Ronaldo endured a difficult 2022 following the summer, scoring just three times from 16 outings in the Premier League and Europa League.

Messi and Ronaldo recently faced off against one another for potentially the final time in an exhibition match between an All-Star Saudi league side and PSG last month.

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