Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Manchester United in the 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United on Sunday. The 36-year-old made a triumphant return to Old Trafford after 12 years, having played for Real Madrid and Juventus. In a summer transfer window that had many big movers, Ronaldo and Messi both completed moves to new clubs with the latter moving to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Lionel Messi on his part made his debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Reims on Sunday 29th August but could not find the back of the net at the Stade Auguste Delaune. Though, he was not part of the PSG squad that won 4-0 against Clermont at the Parc des Princes on September 11th. This means that Lionel Messi is yet to score a goal for his new club Paris Saint-German. A record that Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten him to.
Cristiano Ronaldo on his part scored two goals on his debut for Manchester United, first tapping home a spilt Mason Greenwood shot before running on to a Luke Shaw cross to finish between the legs of Newcastle goalkeeper, Freddie Woodman. As the rivalry between the two Greatest Players of All Time resume, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have edged further in the competition.
Both players will be in action again during the midweek as their respective UEFA Champions League campaigns start with their new clubs. Lionel Messi will hope to break his goalscoring duck for PSG when they travel to Club Brugge on Wednesday, September 15th. While Cristiano Ronaldo would expect to continue his fine start to life for the Red Devils when they travel to play Young Boys on Tuesday 14th September. Lionel Messi is fresh from breaking Pele's record as the highest-scoring South-American male footballer, so he'll be backing himself to net against Belgian side, Club Brugge.