Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo non-penalty goal record after scoring Paris Saint-Germain winner

    Lionel Messi helped fuel the ‘greatest of all time’ debate on Sunday as he passed one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s impressive records.

    Messi scored the only goal of the game in Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win over Lyon.

    Messi now has four Ligue 1 goals for PSG this season

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    Messi now has four Ligue 1 goals for PSG this season

    The goal, which was created by Neymar, maintained PSG’s unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season and kept their two point lead at the top of the table.

    The Argentina star now has four goals in eight Ligue 1 games this season, and is already on pace to beat his disappointing total of just six last season.

    The roles have been reversed between him and career rival Ronaldo this season, with the latter netting just once in eight games in all competitions.

    That is in stark contrast to the 24 goals he scored in the 2021/22 campaign.

    This muted start to the 2022/23 season for Ronaldo has allowed Messi to overtake one of his records.

    The goal against Lyon made it 672 non-penalty goals during his professional career, surpassing his rival’s total of 671.

    Ronaldo has been relegated to bit-part player for Man United

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    Ronaldo has been relegated to bit-part player for Man United

    Messi eclipsed the impressive non-penalty record and may have more in his sights

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    Messi eclipsed the impressive non-penalty record and may have more in his sights

    Messi has also managed to hit that mark in 150 fewer games. Let the GOAT debate commence…

    The Argentina international has scored 775 career goals in 985 games, compared to Ronaldo’s 816 in 1130 matches.

    Another record that Messi may be targeting next is the 37-year-old’s Champions League milestone.

    Ronaldo has 140 in total, 14 ahead of Messi, but his absence from this year’s competition will allow him to close that gap.

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