Messi set new UEFA Champions League record
Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) set a record by scoring in 18 consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons with his goal against Maccabi Haifa.
Messi scored in Israel in the 37th minute to tie the game after Tjaronn Cherry gave the hosts the lead in the 24th minute.
Messi and Kylian Mbappe had a terrific exchange of passes before the Frenchman’s deflected cross fell in front of the Argentine. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner made no mistake in getting his team back into contention.
Messi’s goal was his first in the Champions League this season.
PSG traveled to Haifa fresh off a 2-1 home victory over Juventus. Mbappe scored twice to give the Parisians a 3-0 victory over the Bianconeri.
However, their trip to Haifa did not begin as the French Champions had hoped. The hosts took advantage of the French team’s weak midfield play. Cherry converted a cross with a volley, and the roof was raised for the occasion.
Having said that, Lionel Messi’s goal was a huge confidence booster for PSG. On a personal note, this was the 125th goal scored by the little magician in 157 Champions League outings. He is the competition’s second-highest goalscorer, after only Cristiano Ronaldo.
In his career, the Portuguese superstar has scored 140 Champions League goals. However, he will not be competing in this year’s competition.
Manchester United barely finished sixth in the Premier League last season. This meant that the five-time champion would have to settle for a spot in the UEFA Europa League.
Messi, on the other side, has the opportunity to close the goal scoring difference with Ronaldo in Europe’s premier cup competition.
Barcelona is apparently interested in re-signing Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona is reportedly interested in bringing Lionel Messi back to Camp Nou when his contract with PSG expires in the summer of 2023.
The club is eager to extend the player’s contract. In the French city, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has finally found his greatest form.
However, according to journalist Ekrem Konur, the Catalan club is also eager to bring the tiny magician back to Camp Nou.