Lionel Messi becomes first player to score against 40 teams in Champions League

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October 06, 2022
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Lionel Messi becomes first player to score against 40 teams in Champions League

Lionel Messi has broken one of his own Champions League records after scoring Paris Saint-Germain’s opening goal against Benfica on Wednesday.

Messi, 35, has now scored against 40 different opponents in the Champions League — more than any other player. He had previously scored against 39, a total he reached earlier this campaign.

The PSG forward has been most prolific against Arsenal, scoring nine times against the north London side.

Messi is the second-top scorer in Champions League history with 126 goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, with 140, has more.

Ronaldo and Messi are some way ahead of the next-highest top scorers in the competition, Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski with 89 goals and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema with 86.

Messi’s goal put PSG 1-0 up against Benfica, although an own goal from Danilo Pereira drew the Portuguese side level just before half-time.

PSG had won both of the opening Champions League group games before the Benfica clash, beating Juventus 2-1 and winning 3-1 against Maccabi Haifa. Messi also scored against Haifa, his first goal against the Israeli side.

That goal also saw the Argentine become the first player to score in 18 successive editions of the Champions League.


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