Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi breaks two Champions League records against Maccabi Haifa

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Lionel Messi got a goal and an assist against Maccabi Haifa.
Lionel Messi got a goal and an assist against Maccabi Haifa. / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Lionel Messi's goal against Maccabi Haifa saw him set two new Champions League records.

It wasn't an easy night in Israel for Messi and PSG by any means, with the home side taking a shock lead 24 minutes in courtesy of Tjaronn Chery.

However, they couldn't stay in front for long with Messi getting his team an equaliser just 13 minutes later.

He spread the ball out wide to Kylian Mbappe who got to the byline and played it back, giving the Argentinian an easy finish from well inside the box. The goal proved to be the start of PSG's comeback, with the French side going on to win 3-1, and that wasn't the only reason it was significant.

With his goal, Messi scored against his 39th different club in the Champions League, setting a new record in the process.

Before that, he and long-term Cristiano Ronaldo were level on 38, and with Ronaldo not playing in the Champions League this season, the record is now set to be Messi's for quite some time.

That wasn't the only record the 35-year-old secured on Wednesday as Messi has now scored in 18 consecutive Champions League campaigns - every year since 2005/06 - accomplishing a feat never seen before.

Perhaps the biggest record - most Champions League goals - still eludes him, with Ronaldo scoring 14 more, and it seems unlikely he'll be able to make up such a margin before he retires, but it would take a brave man to put it past him.