Champions League

Sadio Mane goes past Lionel Messi & equals Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring in win over Benfica

Arjun Singh Devgan
Mane is a key player for Liverpool
Mane is a key player for Liverpool / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Liverpool winger, Sadio Mane went passed two icons in Lionel Messi and Steven Gerrard after scoring against Benfica during the Reds 3-1 win in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mane scored Liverpool's second goal of the night and his strike ensured that he now has netted 13 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League since the start of the 2017/18 season, which is one more than Messi - who has 12 to his name.

The 29-year-old also went level with another icon in Cristiano Ronaldo, who has the same amount of goals as him in the knockout stages of Europe premiers competition. Meanwhile, the goal was Mane’s 22nd in Europe’s premier club competition, meaning he’s passed Reds icon Gerrard, who scored 21.

The 29-year-old unfortunately does not get the proper credit he deserves considering that he has been key to all of Liverpool's success in the recent past, with the winger scoring 112 goals in 256 appearances for the club.

The Reds who had lost on their last three visits here, equalled a club record of five successive away victories in Europe. On the last two occasions these two teams met in the quarter-finals of this competition, in 1978 and 1984 respectively, Liverpool went on to lift the trophy