Lionel Messi breaks another Cristiano Ronaldo record as he surpasses non-penalty goals tally in 150 fewer matches

    LIONEL MESSI has broken another Cristiano Ronaldo record as he surpasses the Portuguese stars’ amount of non-penalty goals.

    The Paris Saint-Germain attacker scored the only goal of the game as the French Champions overcame Lyon yesterday.

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    The strike was enough to make it six wins on the trot for PSG and five goals in all competitions for Messi this season.

    The goal was also significant as it helped the Argentine nip ahead of his great rival Ronaldo in another scoring chart.

    Messi now leads Ronaldo by a single strike in the list for non-penalty goals.

    The 35-year-old genius now has 672 compared with Ronaldo’s 671.

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    Incredibly, Messi has reached that total despite playing 150 games fewer than his competitor.

    It’s the second big win of the week for the ex-Barcelona star who jumped ahead of the Manchester United‘s attacker in another category this week.

    By scoring against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League this week, Messi made it an incredible 39 different opponents who he had put to the sword in Europe’s top competition.

    That is one more than Ronaldo’s goals against 38 different European opponents.

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    Frustratingly for the former Real Madrid ace, he will not be able to get back bragging rights in that list as he and Man United are spending this season in the Europa League.

    Since the pair arrived on the scene in the mid-noughties, they have tended to dominate most attacking stats in Europe and broken a number of records between them.

    The double-record grab is the just the latest thing to go right for Messi this season.

    He has found form alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to help transform PSG’s team of big names into a terrifying attacking line-up.

    It didn’t quite click for the football legend last season as he endured an indifferent campaign by his standards in his first year in France.

    But he is a man renewed this season and is showing he still has tricks left to show, as proven by his stunning goal earlier this season against Clermont.

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