Lionel Messi Strikes Again! Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Club Goal Record in Top 5 European Leagues

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has been a never-ending debate in the world of soccer. The debate truly started after Ronaldo’s move to La Liga in 2009, signing for Real Madrid, the arch-rivals of Messi’s Barcelona. While there seems to be no end to this debate, Messi has earned some points in his favor after he recently equaled a record held by Ronaldo.

After spending a well-deserved holiday in Argentina after winning the World Cup, Messi was finally back in action for his club, Paris Saint-Germain. However, Messi showed no signs of a holiday hangover, as he scored a goal against Angers SCO in a Ligue 1 match yesterday. PSG secured a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from the youngster Hugo Ekitike and Lionel Messi. However, Messi grabbed the headlines for another reason.

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Angers SCO
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Angers SCO (Credits: Twitter)

After last night’s goal for PSG, Messi has equaled Cristiano Ronaldo’s club goal record for sides in the European top five leagues. Ronaldo bid farewell to European soccer after his recent move to the Saudi Arabian club, Al-Nassr. Therefore, the onus is now on Messi to break Ronaldo’s long-held record of 696 goals in the European top five leagues.

Messi scored a staggering 672 goals for his former club, FC Barcelona, ​​in 778 performances. After last night, Messi has netted 24 goals for his current club, PSG.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo scored a total of 145 goals for Manchester United in his two spells at the Premier League club. Ronaldo also netted a club-record 450 goals in just 438 appearances at Real Madrid. Ronaldo also managed to score 101 goals over the three years he spent at Italian heavyweights, Juventus.

What other records of Ronaldo can Lionel Messi break this season?

Although Lionel Messi has broken Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of most goals for teams in the European top five leagues, it doesn’t look like Messi is going to stop here. Messi is already eyeing some more records held by the former Real Madrid talisman.

Ronaldo holds the record for most league goals in the European top five leagues. The Portuguese veteran has scored a total of 495 league goals (103 goals in the Premier League, 311 goals in La Liga, and 81 goals in the Serie A). Messi, on the other hand, has scored 487 league goals (474 ​​goals in La Liga, and 13 goals in Ligue 1). With Ronaldo out of the picture in European soccer, Messi is one pole position to break this record.

Messi celebrates after winning his fourth Champions League (left) Ronaldo celebrates after winning his fifth Champions League (right)
Messi celebrates after winning his fourth Champions League (left) Ronaldo celebrates after winning his fifth Champions League (right) (Credits: Twitter)

Messi can also break Ronaldo’s record for most goals and most assists in the UEFA Champions League. The five-times-Champions League-winner has a record 140 goals and 41 assists in the Champions League. However, the former Barcelona talisman is not far behind. Messi has 129 goals and 40 assists in the Champions League.

Ronaldo also has a total of 701 goals in all competitions in European soccer. Messi, with 696 goals, needs just 6 more goals to break Ronaldo’s record (via messivsronaldoapp).

Messi will also aim to break Ronaldo’s record for most international goals. Ronaldo currently has 118 goals for Portugal, while Messi netted 98 times for Argentina. However, neither Ronaldo nor Messi has stepped down from international soccer. Therefore, Messi will not find it easy to break this record of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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