Lionel Messi is the first player to score against 40 teams in the Champions League

Lionel Messi broke one of his own Champions League records after scoring Paris Saint-Germain’s opening goal against Benfica on Wednesday.

Messi, 35, has now scored against 40 different opponents in the Champions League – more than any other player. He had previously scored against 39, a total he equaled earlier this season.

The PSG striker was most productive against Arsenal, scoring nine goals against the north London side.

Messi is the second-best goalscorer in Champions League history with 126 goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has more at 140.

https://theathletic.com/3661416/2022/10/05/lionel-messi-champions-league-record-2/?source=rss Lionel Messi is the first player to score against 40 teams in the Champions League

John Verrall

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