On Wednesday night, Messi opened his account in the UEFA Champions League for the ongoing campaign as he found the back of the net in PSG’s 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
The Argentina captain’s goal made history by making him the first player to ever score a goal in the Champions League in each of the league’s first 18 seasons.
Last year, Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, but his time in France did not get off to the best of starts. He has, however, matured and made a strong start to the new campaign in 2022.
In fact, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has already produced five goals and eight assists in ten games across all competitions, leading the charge for PSG at a time when there are some unsettling trivial issues between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The former Barcelona captain tied the score for Paris Saint-Germain after they fell behind 1-0 in Israel, and his team ultimately won 3-1. He also contributed to the second goal by laying a pass within Kylian Mbappe’s reach which earned them the lead before Neymar Jr finished the game in its final moments.
Additionally, he has scored in opposition to 19 different national teams. Messi scored against Maccabi Haifa for the first time, making them the 39th different team he has scored against, a record he formerly shared with Machester United superstar, Christiano Ronaldo.
If Real Madrid’s captain Karim Benzema, scores in this year’s campaign, he will tie Lionel Messi in scoring in 18 straight Champions League seasons.
Messi will be hoping to throw everything at this year’s Champions League as he looks to secure the trophy once more.