Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has equalled Romario’s record of the highest goal scorer of all time and closes on Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo following his goal against Clermont foot in their Ligue 1 opener.

Messi scored a Rivaldo-Esque goal as he chested down a Leandro Paredes ball into the box before perfectly executing an overhead kick that went into the net with great precision.

The goal will remain one of his best goals, the Argentine forward is yet to score a bicycle kick in his career.

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According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics – the IFFHS – Messi’s goal drew him level with Romario as football’s third-highest goalscorer of all time. They both sit on 772.

The IFFHS list only Josef Bican (805) and Cristiano Ronaldo (815 at the time of writing and before Manchester United’s Premier League campaign starts) ahead of the two South Americans, while Pele is fourth with 767 goals.

Messi had already made name for himself as one of the greatest players and adding a goal of this magnitude only shows that he can score all types of goals.


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