Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo breaks UCL record equalled by Lionel Messi

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner for Manchester United vs Atalanta in the Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner for Manchester United vs Atalanta in the Champions League / Naomi Baker/GettyImages
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Footballing superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered to be the two greatest footballers in the history of the sport, with the duo dominating football over the past decade or so as seen by the combined 11 Ballon d'Or awards they have won between them.

The duo might have aged but are still competing with each other in terms of numbers and recently it was revealed that Messi had equalled one of his great rivals Champions League records with his brace against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

This was the 38th different team that Messi had scored against in the Champions League. However, it took just 24 hours for Ronaldo to re-take the record as he scored against Atalanta, thereby taking his tally to scoring against 39 different opponents in the competition.

The 36-year-old who made a sensational return to Manchester United in the summer after a gap of 12 years, scored an 81st minute winner to send Old Trafford into raptures - showing that he still remains one of the best goalscorers in the present day.

The five-time Ballon d'Or award winner has been in brilliant form for the Red Devils since his return scoring six goals in eight appearances in all competitions and his form will be key if they are to challenge for trophies this season.

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