Lionel Messi scored for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Wednesday as they beat Montpellier 3-1 and moved five points clear at the top of the French league.
It was Lionel Messi’s 697th goal in top five European leagues, surpassing the record of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He achieved it in 84 less games than the Portuguese star.
Before this game, Messi had scored 696 goals in his club career, with 13 goals for PSG this season.
He did it with 84 less games played pic.twitter.com/pQmaW0Tubl
— JAKE BUCKLEY (@TheMasterBucks) February 1, 2023
Unless Ronaldo decides to return to a club in Europe’s top five leagues, the Portuguese international will end with 696 goals.
Ronaldo scored 450 goals from Real Madrid, 145 for Manchester United and 101 for Juventus.
At the peak of their careers, Messi and Ronaldo spent nine seasons facing off while playing for rival La Liga clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid.
With a combined 76 major trophies (Messi 42, Ronaldo 34), they are two of the most decorated players in the history of football.