Ronaldo overtakes Messi in all-time Champions League scoring rankings

The Portugal international struck his 68th goal in the game’s premier club cup competition to move one clear of the Argentine

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the all-time Champions League goalscoring charts with his strike in Saturday’s final in Lisbon.
The 29-year-old attacker, who dethroned the Argentine as the Ballon d’Or holder in January, netted his 68th goal in the game’s premier club competition in the final minute of extra-time in his side’s 4-1 win at the Estadio da Luz.

Ronaldo’s strike draws him to within three goals of former Madrid forward Raul, who netted 71 times in 144 Champions League appearances.

The Portugal international has a far superior ratio to the Spanish striker, though, having racked up his 68 goals in just 107 games and now looks set to surpass Raul’s total next season.

However, it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will claim the record before Messi. The Barcelona attacker has racked up his 67 goals in just 86 appearances.

In addition, all of Messi’s strikes have come either in the group or knockout stages, whereas Ronaldo’s haul is complemented by a strike from the qualifying rounds during his Manchester United days.

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