Twenty-four hours after Lionel Messi had dragged his Paris Saint Germain team to a Champions League win, Cristiano Ronaldo responded to his great rival.

The Argentine scored twice against RB Leipzig to take his tally in this season’s competition to three and reduced his deficit to Ronaldo in the Champions League’s all-time top goalscorer charts to 13.

But the former Barcelona man’s goals against the German side also meant he had equalled a record set by Ronaldo and had scored against 38 different teams in the Champions League.

Not to be denied, Ronaldo produced an emphatic response when his team desperately needed it and in the process surpassed Messi once again.

Our 36-year-old phenomenon not only equalled Messi’s three-goal tally this season, but his goal against Atalanta meant that Ronaldo has now scored against 39 teams in the Champions League.


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Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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For all the concerns in the build up to the match surrounding our number seven’s ability to press and work from the front, Ronaldo didn’t half cover the distance against the Bergamo-based club.

With us trailing 2-0 at half-time and the vultures circling at another potential goal to hammer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his coaching staff and group of players, Ronaldo and his teammates came out in the second half like a team who were possessed.

After Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire had brought the scores level it was set up ‘Mr Champions League’ himself to grab the headlines and send the Old Trafford crowd into a sense of hysteria once again due to his heroics.

Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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Ronaldo hadn’t gone four games without scoring since 2017 and he wasn’t going to settle for anything less than ending his three-game barren spell against La Dea.

This was arguably Ronaldo’s best performance for Manchester United since returning to the club in the summer and that was down to his work out of possession as well as his match-winning credentials.

The dressing room will have been buzzing after the comeback and Ronaldo will be targeting another match-winning moment against our fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

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