The 35-year-old rewrote the history books again in Paris Saint-Germain’s last European match against Maccabi Haifa. One of them saw him beat arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in goal, while the other saw him beat Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.
Messi opened the scoring for PSG against Maccabi on Thursday and the Israeli side became the 39th different team he has scored against in the Champions League. Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, who has missed the competition at Manchester United this season, has scored against 38.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or player became the first player to find the back of the net in 18 different Champions League seasons when he broke the deadlock in midweek, with France forward Benzema his nearest challenger. The French striker will equal Messi’s record when he opens his European account for 2022-23.
The UEFA Champions League tweeted: “Only player in history to score in 18 consecutive #UCL seasons. Messi” and “RECORD: Messi has now scored against 39 different teams in this competition” on the official Twitter account.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 14, 2022
Counting down the glory days of the 2022 World Cup, the South American player recorded four goals and seven assists this year.