LIONEL MESSI has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring against a 39TH different club in the Champions League.
The French champions were stunned by an early goal on Wednesday night as Maccabi Haifa went in front through Tjaronn Chery in the 24th minute.
But Christophe Galtier’s side were swiftly level eight minutes before the break through Messi.
The Argentine, 35, tapped home from close range after Kylian Mbappe‘s pullback.
And Messi has now eclipsed his Portuguese rival when it comes to a another startling statistic.
The ex-Barcelona man has now scored against 39 different clubs in Europe’s elite competition.
That is one more than Ronaldo – with the pair previously locked on 38 each.
And Ronaldo will have to wait at least another year before he can try to add to his tally.
This is because the Manchester United forward is currently plying his trade in the Europa League for the first time in his career.
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And he failed to make his mark on the competition last week as the Red Devils lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad.
Ronaldo has won the Champions League on five occasions – once with Manchester United in 2008 and four times with Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Meanwhile, Messi has lifted the trophy four times – in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015.