Lionel Messi equalled an all-time Cristiano Ronaldo record with latest PSG goal

Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi, on Saturday evening, etched his name ever further into the history books of European football.

PSG, and Messi, were of course back in action a short time ago.

After securing a timely return to winning ways away to Nice last time out, the capital giants welcomed high-flying Lens to the Parc des Princes, for a top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash.

And, when all was said and done, Christophe Galtier’s troops took a major step towards retaining their crown.

This came as goals on the part of all of Kylian Mbappe, Vitinha and Lionel Messi guided PSG to the right side of a 3-1 result.

As alluded to above, though, for one member of the French champions’ setup, his latest strike did not only prove significant in guiding the club to their latest three-point haul.

Messi, for his part, added PSG’s third of the night against Lens, latching onto a wonderful touch from Kylian Mbappe before picking out the far corner in trademark style:

And, in the process, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner secured for himself yet another piece of history.

As confirmed post-match, Messi has now found the net on an eye-watering 495 occasions across Europe’s top five leagues.

This is the same number as was managed by long-time rival and previous sole record-holder Cristiano Ronaldo, before his move to Saudi Arabia.

Messi, as a result, requires just one more league goal before the season is out to establish himself as the outright all-time leading scorer in Europe’s top five divisions:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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