Second top scorer in the history of the Champions League, Lionel Messi, the PSG striker has the opportunity to approach the record currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who will not play the event with Manchester United this season.
It’s an end to the series that would have gone well. For the first time in 19 years, Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will not start a Champions League campaign. The striker, who has always played in the queen event since 2003-2004, will not be on the starting line this season since Manchester United, his club, failed in sixth place in the Premier League, synonymous with the Europa League. And this lack of size could well benefit his eternal rival, Lionel Messi.
The Argentinian will participate well with PSG, from Tuesday against Juventus (9 p.m., on RMC Sport 1), and will have the opportunity to reduce the gap with the Portuguese in the ranking of all-time top scorers in the competition. . Ronaldo is the undisputed leader with 141 goals, 16 lengths ahead of second-placed Messi (125). After a first year of adaptation to PSG, the Argentinian started strong this season after a complete preparation. This improvement is reflected in his performance with three goals and five assists in Ligue 1.
14 goals in a season, Messi’s record
More passer, less scorer, the seven-time Ballon d’Or has changed register, while remaining ambitious in a competition he would like to win a fifth time after his four titles with Barça (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015). Equaling or exceeding Ronaldo’s record is possible but perhaps illusory, especially since Messi, six times the competition’s top scorer, concluded his best season with 14 goals (14 in 2011-2012). Ronaldo holds the absolute record over a season (17 in 2013-2014).
If he misses the group stage, the Portuguese could possibly play in the round of 16 if he leaves for a qualified club during the winter transfer window. This is only a hypothesis after a summer when his name was proposed in many clubs qualified in C1.
Karim Benzema will be there. The Frenchman finished top scorer in the last edition (15 goals) allowing him to come back up to Robert Lewandowski in third place among the top scorers in C1 history (86 each).
Champions League top scorers since 1992/93 (preliminary rounds excluded)
1- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 141 goals
2- Lionel Messi (Paris SG) 125
3- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 86
4- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 86
6-Andriy Shevchenko 59
7- Ruud van Nistelrooy 56
8- Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) 52
9-Thierry Henry 51
10-Filipo Inzaghi 50