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Lionel Messi sets new Champions League record

Lionel Messi set a new Champions League record on Wednesday night with his superb strike to open the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain in their draw away at Benfica

Lionel Messi set a new Champions League record on Wednesday night when he scored the lone goal for Paris Saint-Germain in a toothless 1-1 draw at the Estádio da Luz, to extend his newest record on the number of teams he’s scored against.

Messi netted a stunning goal to open the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain in a move that involved both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

The Argentine superstar whipped the ball into the corner of the net, with a wonderful first-time finish after stepping onto Neymar’s first-time pass, giving Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos no chance.

That strike meant that Messi extends his latest Champions League competition record as Benfica became the 40th club that the 35-year-old has scored against in the competition having previously broken the record in Matchday 2 when he netted against Maccabi Haifa, extending the number of teams scored against to 39.

That is more than any other player, moving him two clear of Ronaldo who had previously held the record as he has netted against 38 different teams in the competition.

However, Ronaldo still leads Messi in the number of overall goals scored in the Champions League.

The Portuguese forward has bagged a total of 140 goals in the competition, while the strike in Lisbon moved Messi on to 127 – still 13 goals behind the Manchester United forward.

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