Messi breaks two Champions League records, moves above Ronaldo

PSG forward Lionel Messi Tuesday night moved above Cristiano Ronaldo for goals scored from outside the box after netting a brace in his side’s 7-2 demolition of Israeli side, Maccabi Haifa in a UEFA Champions League group H game at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France.

Messi scored twice and provided two assists as the Parisians extended their unbeaten run in the competition this season, winning three and drawing two of the group games they have played so far.

The Argentine scored the opening goal of the night on 19 minutes, hitting home with his left foot after Kylian Mbappe created the scoring opportunity.

Mbappe made it 2-0 on 32 minutes before Messi turned provider for Neymar who tucked in the third goal.

Messi restored PSG’s 3-0 lead at the dot of half time after the visitors pulled a goal back in the 38th minute.

With his goals and assists, Messi set two new Champions League record on the night.

Since his UEFA Champions League debut in 2004-05, the Argentina captain has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the competition (23, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo).

He is also the oldest player in competition history to both score twice and assist twice in a game (35 years, 123 days).

The 35 year old is the only player to score 10+ goals and deliver 10+ assists in all competitions among players in the Top 5 European leagues this season (both 10).

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