Ronaldo equals Messi UCL record with Young Boys goal
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Ronaldo equals Messi UCL record with Young Boys goal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored Man United's opening goal of the 2021-22 Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening against Young Boys, becoming the 36th different team the 36-year-old has scored against in the competition, equaling Lionel Messi's record.

The Portugal international also made history by being the first player to score the first goal in two different Champions League campaigns, having done so for Real Madrid in a 5-2 triumph over FC Zurich in the 2009-10 season.

Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus this summer, equaled the record established by former teammate and Real Madrid veteran Iker Casillas by making his 177th appearance in the Champions League in Switzerland.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is already the all-time leading striker in Champions League history, and he has now gone 15 goals clear of second-placed Lionel Messi, finishing from close range against Young Boys in the 13th minute to bring his total to 135.

Ronaldo is in his 19th season in Europe's top club competition, nearly two decades after making his first appearance for Manchester United as an 18-year-old in a 2-1 loss away at Stuttgart in October 2003.

After scoring a brace on his second appearance in United's 4-1 Premier League triumph over Newcastle United last weekend, the forward has surely made an immediate impact at Old Trafford!

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