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How Ronaldo broke Lionel Messi tie with latest Champions League goal

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How Cristiano Ronaldo broke clear of Lionel Messi with latest Champions League goal


Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo continued to etch his name into the history books of European football on Wednesday, after finding the net versus Villarreal.

CR7 makes the difference

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were of course back in action a little less than 24 hours ago.

The Red Devils welcomed La Liga outfit Villarreal to Old Trafford, eyeing missing out on Europa League glory at the hands of Unai Emery and co. just last season.

And, when all was said and done in Manchester, secure revenge, and keep their Champions League Last-16 hopes alive in the process, is precisely what United managed.

After going a goal down early in the 2nd-half when Paco Alcacer slotted home from close range, the hosts levelled things up courtesy of an Alex Telles stunner on the hour mark:

Then, as if written in the stars, a last-gasp winner was provided by none other than Mr. Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo.

After latching onto substitute Jesse Lingard’s clever layoff, the Portuguese veteran made no mistake in slotting beyond Geronimo Rulli, sparking raucous celebrations around Old Trafford in the process:

Messi tie broken

As outlined above, though, Ronaldo’s latest strike did not only prove significant in guiding United to a much-needed first three-point haul of the European campaign.

In addition, it also saw the ex-Real Madrid man break clear of long-time rival Lionel Messi in the history books of the Champions League.

As revealed by ESPN, Ronaldo has now scored against 37 clubs in Europe’s elite club competition, one more than previous record-holder Messi:


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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 6 11 14
2 Manchester City 6 11 13
3 Chelsea FC 6 10 13
4 Manchester United 6 8 13
5 Everton FC 6 5 13
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 6 3 13
7 West Ham United 6 5 11
8 Aston Villa 6 2 10
9 Brentford FC 6 3 9
10 Arsenal FC 6 -5 9
11 Tottenham Hotspur 6 -5 9
12 Watford FC 6 -2 7
13 Leicester City 6 -3 7
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 -2 6
15 Crystal Palace 6 -3 6
16 Southampton FC 6 -3 4
17 Newcastle United 6 -7 3
18 Leeds United 6 -8 3
19 Burnley FC 6 -6 2
20 Norwich City 6 -14 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 3
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle United 2
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City 2
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 2

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