Lionel Messi added even more records to his collection with a stunning display in Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday night.
PSG secured their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League in style with a 7-2 victory at the Parc des Princes. Their win, and Benfica’s 4-3 win over Juventus, sees both teams qualify for the last 16, with both on 11 points.
Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored twice – but it was the former Barcelona man who was the star of the show, with two assists and two goals. And in doing so, Messi made history – history which will not be welcomed by his long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi’s two goals mean he now has 80 Champions League group stage goals in just 85 games. With Manchester United currently playing in the Europa League, Ronaldo is not being given opportunities to add to his 73 goals in the group stage.
There was another record for the Argentine: amazingly, Messi, at 35 years and 123 days, is now the oldest player in Champions League history to score and assist twice in a single game. Ronaldo has achieved this feat on more than one occasion, but most recently did it for Real Madrid in their 4-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on 25 November 2015, when he was 30 years old.
Ronaldo now expects to play for United in the Europa League game against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday night.