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Ronaldo 64, Messi 42

After scoring his 125th UEFA Champions League goal, Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo extended his incredible record of scoring in the knockout stage of the competition, with Lionel Messi far behind his longstanding rival.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to view Ronaldo's record in the UCL group stage and knockout stages versus Messi's according to UEFA!
 
The 34-year-old added to his tally of goals scoring a well-timed diving header in the 1-1 first-leg quarter-final draw against Ajax Amsterdam.

In doing so, the Portuguese superstar moved further ahead as the competition's all-time top-scorer, with FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi (108) and Real Madrid talisman Karim Benzema (60) occupying second and third spots.

Indicative of the Ronaldo big-match temperament in the competition is the staggering amount of goals which he's managed to score in the knockout stage of the competition since netting his maiden goal in 2007 against AS Roma.

According to the Daily Mail, Ronaldo has scored 51 percent of his Champions League goals in the knockout stages - a whopping 64.

To contextualise how immense that feat is, one just has to look the next two players on the list of most knockout goals in the tournament's history.

Messi ranks second with 42 goals, while Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller is third with 13 goals, meaning that Ronaldo has netted more knockout stage goals than the second and third highest scorers combined.

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Click through the gallery to view Ronaldo's record in the UCL group stage and knockout stages versus Messi's according to UEFA!
 
Do you think Messi will ever overtake Ronaldo as the highest scorer in the Champions League? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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