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