2018/19 Champions League: Ronaldo close to breaking Messi's record
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are phenomena of nature and their unparalleled goal-scoring prowess only cement their positions in the history of the game. In the Champions League match between Juventus and Manchester United, Ronaldo scored a fabulous volley to take his UCL tally in the group stage to 61 goals. Will he be able to go across Messi's record? Let's find out
Ronaldo is the highest goal-scorer in UCL history, having netted in 121 goals in the competition. He is closely followed by Lionel Messi who has 105 strikes to his name. However, Messi leads Ronaldo in terms of goals scored in the group stages, where he has netted in 65 goals as against Ronaldo's 61. Both were at 60 before the 2018/19 season.
Messi scored a hat-trick and a brace against PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham respectively, while Ronaldo has netted in just once this term. He went goalless against Valencia and was banned for the match against Young Boys. Messi was kept out of the action against Inter after fracturing his arm. At the moment, Ronaldo has to score five more goals to break Messi's record.
Ronaldo and Messi have always shown respect for each other. Recently, during an interview with France Football, Ronaldo pointed out that there are only two people who have remained at the top of their form for over a decade- him and Messi.