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Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo in number of goals scored without penalty shootouts

Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo in the ranking for total goals scored without penalties, despite playing 150 fewer games.

The 35-year-old superstar scored for Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday night’s 1-0 win over Lyon.

As a result, Messi has now scored 672 goals without penalties in his professional career. While Ronaldo has scored 671 goals.

Messi scored PSG’s only goal in Ligue 1 clash against Lyon. He scored in the fifth minute to win 1-0.

As a result, Messi has taken his goal tally without a penalty to 672, surpassing Manchester United striker Ronaldo by one.

Messi has also overtaken Ronaldo despite playing 150 fewer games than the Portugal international.

Ronaldo – who seems increasingly frustrated at United – will be disappointed to lose another record to his rivals.

Despite this, Ronaldo has represented his country more times than Messi. The United forward has made 189 appearances for Portugal, appearing in four World Cups, five European Championships, a Nations League final and a Confederations Cup.

Meanwhile, Messi has made 162 appearances for Argentina – appearing in four World Cups and six Copa America. However, he has only won one international trophy so far.

Ronaldo has also scored more goals overall. He has netted 699 times in 941 games in all competitions for four different clubs.

Ronaldo has scored more than 50 goals per season in six consecutive seasons for Real Madrid between 2010/11 and 2015/16.

Meanwhile, Messi has scored 688 goals in 822 competitive matches in all competitions for two clubs – Barcelona and PSG.

Moreover, Messi has scored more than 30 goals per season in 13 consecutive seasons for Barcelona between 2008/09 and 2020/21.

Despite this, Vitinha, who has played with both Messi and Ronaldo, has said that the two superstars are actually more alike than they might think.

Speaking to O Jogo, Vitinha said, “There are far more things that unite them than things that separate them.

“They all have their own way of playing and their own characteristics, but the things that connect them are immense.

“The will to always want more, regardless of what has already been earned, is part of it.”

Messi and Ronaldo both ply their trades at relatively new clubs. Ronaldo returned to Manchester United from Juventus in August 2021 and Messi joined PSG from Barcelona in August 2021.

United fans were delighted to hear Ronaldo would be returning to Old Trafford after a 12-year absence from the club.

He’s had a fairytale start to his second stint at United – scoring twice against Newcastle last September.

Meanwhile, in Paris, Messi struggled to adjust after his emotional departure from Barcelona.

The Argentina superstar has netted just once in 11 Ligue 1 games and has struggled to maintain fitness.

However, things changed quickly. Messi started to blossom and Ronaldo found himself on the bench.

Messi scored five goals and provided ten assists in 14 starts in Ligue 1. He had finally found his footing in the French top flight.

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