PSG star Lionel Messi breaks UEFA Champions League record held by Cristiano Ronaldo after heroics of Maccabi Haifa

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Lionel Messi has surpassed longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo for the record for most goals scored from outside the area in the Champions League.

Messi conjured up a masterclass against Maccabi Haifa in the first half of the clash on October 25 at the Parc des Princes.

The Argentine scored two goals, his first being a beautiful shot in the 19th minute, following an assist from Kylian Mbappe.

Messi then scored his second of the night in the 44th minute, again Mbappé as an assistant, when the former Barcelona forward fired from the edge of the area.

In doing so, he added goals from Mbappé and Neymar, which were only disallowed by a goal from Abdoulaye Seck in the 38th minute.

PSG went into the break with a 4-1 lead, but all the praise fell on Lionel Messi.

He breaks the record for most goals in the Champions League from outside the area.

Cristiano Ronaldo drew with the Argentine in the Parisians’ clash with Haifa, at 22.

Messi’s second goal of the night now takes his tally to a record 23.

It was a memorable night for the veteran striker, who has been a nightmare for the Israeli defense.

PSG advances to the knockout stage of the Champions League, as it leads Group H with 11 points alongside Benfica with the same goal difference (6).

Juve are third on three points, as are Haifa, who are fourth, meaning both will be eliminated in the group stage.

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