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Cristiano Ronaldo takes less than 24 hours to draw level with Lionel Messi for non-penalty goals after Man Utd winner

CRISTIANO RONALDO took less than 24 hours to draw level with rival Lionel Messi for career non-penalty goals.

The 36-year-old scored the winner in Manchester United's dramatic 3-2 win over Atalanta at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men found themselves 2-0 down at half-time.

Marcus Rashford got United off to the perfect start within minutes of the restart though, finding the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Captain Harry Maguire headed home the equaliser to set up a grandstand finish at The Theatre of Dreams.

And Ronaldo out-jumped his marker with nine minutes to go, to score the winner.

CR7's goal draws him level with Messi on 654 non-penalty career goals.

Although, the Paris Saint-Germain star reached the milestone in 145 less games than Ronaldo.


Ronaldo has, however, scored more goals from open play or free-kicks in the Champions League, 119 to Messi's 106.

Messi has the edge when it comes to the goals-per-minute ratio in the competition, though. 

Both will undoubtedly go down as two of the best football players EVER.

On his important goal last night, Ronaldo said: "We are alive! We are Man United and we never give up. This is Old Trafford."

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