Cristiano Ronaldo extends Champions League record hours after Lionel Messi equalled it

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the saviour again in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Atalanta on Wednesday as he broke another Champions League goal record – only one day after Lionel Messi equalled it.

The Red Devils were down 2-0 at half-time, generating anxiety around Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future looked in doubt and United sat bottom of Group F.

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But the side came out for the second-half seemingly possessed as they launched a dramatic comeback, courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Ronaldo.

The 36-year old’s third Champions League goal of the season was enough to secure all three points late on again, having clinched the win against Villarreal only weeks ago.

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Ronaldo dealt the killer blow to a backs-against-the-wall Atalanta by meeting Luke Shaw’s cross with a thumping header past goalkeeper Juan Musso.

The Portugal international is already the leading scorer and record appearance holder in the competition’s history with a gargantuan tally of 137 goals.

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But he set a new record by scoring against his 39th different club in the competition, more than any other player in the competition’s history.

Ronaldo’s record had been matched by long-time rival Messi 24 hours earlier after his two goals against RB Leipzig saw score against team number 38.

The ex-Barcelona man scored a brace as Paris Saint-Germain launched their own 3-2 comeback win on Tuesday, with Kylian Mbappe providing the other.

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