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

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

The French champions were stunned by an early goal on Wednesday night as Maccabi Haifa went in front through Tjaronn Chery in the 24th minute.

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

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Messi scored against a 39th different club in the Champions League on Wednesday nightCredit: AFP
Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time top scorer

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Ronaldo is the Champions League’s all-time top scorerCredit: Rex

But Christophe Galtier’s side were swiftly level eight minutes before the break through Messi.

The Argentine, 35, tapped home from close range after Kylian Mbappe’s pullback.

It was his 126th goal in the Champions League – a record which leaves him just 14 behind Ronaldo on 140.

And Messi has now eclipsed his Portuguese rival when it comes to a another startling statistic.

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

That is one more than Ronaldo – with the pair previously locked on 38 each.

And Ronaldo will have to wait at least another year before he can try to add to his tally.

This is because the Manchester United forward is currently plying his trade in the Europa League for the first time in his career.

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And he failed to make his mark on the competition last week as the Red Devils lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo has won the Champions League on five occasions – 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 score 100 goals in the competition – with Robert Lewandowski the next best on 89, narrowly ahead of Karim Benzema on 86.

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