Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible goal numbers in the latter stages of the UCL blow Lionel Messi out of the water

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to reach 125 goals in the UEFA Champions League when he scored against Ajax in mid week, but his goal record in the competition from the QF stage tells a story of its own.

Ronaldo’s goal record in the Champions League from the quarterfinals and beyond stands at an astounding 41, according to a report by GiveMeSport.

The second highest goalscorer on that list is arch rival Lionel Messi, who is 25 goals behind the Juventus star’s tally with only 16 goals to his name.

The Portuguese superstar earlier this week breached the 125 goal mark in the competition when he headed Joao Cancelo’s superb cross past the Ajax ‘keeper to put Juventus 1-0 up in their 1st leg quarterfinal tie. Lionel Messi follows behind him in the list of top Champions League goalscorers with 108 goals to his name.

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However, there is no question which of them is having the better season overall. While Ronaldo has managed an entirely respectable return og 25 goals and 12 assists in 37 appearances, Lionel Messi has 43 goals and 21 assists in 41 games.

Both Ronaldo and Messi are on course to helping their respective teams qualify to the semifinals of the Champions League after Juventus take a 1-1 scoreline against Ajax back to Turin while Barcelona have a 1-0 lead over Manchester United to defend at the Nou Camp.

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