Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are in a tug-of-war over Champions League records, which keep on tumbling… so whose mind-boggling stats are best?
The Champions League returned last week with 16 games, over two nights, stretched across an entire continent – but once again it was Lionel Messi who hogged the headlines.
Messi became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons with the opener in Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Ferencvaros, taking his tally in the competition to 116.
Messi now has daylight between him and his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be looking to score in a 15th straight Champions League campaign this term when he returns from self-isolation. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema missed the chance to match the Argentine when he drew a blank in their defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk.
Lionel Messi scored for the 16th straight Champions League season – taking his tally to 116. Ronaldo has scored in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons, one behind Messi.