Ronaldo Scores First Career Europa League Goal — You Already Know It Was A Penalty

That’s it. The competition is over. Cristiano Ronaldo is now the undisputed GOAT, doing something Lionel Messi never could. 

Ronaldo scored his first career Europa League goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday, giving him infinity times more goals in the competition than Messi.

And, of course, Ronaldo scored it from the penalty spot.

Cristiano Ronaldo Europa League Goal

For those keeping score at home, that’s Cristiano Ronaldo Europa League goals 1, Lionel Messi Europa League goals 0. It doesn’t even matter it was Ronaldo’s first goal all season or that the penalty was hit straight down the middle, Messi could never.

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Ronaldo’s goal helped United beat Sheriff 2-0 on the road. Last year, Sheriff beat eventual Champions League winner Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabéu, so chalk another one up for the GOAT.

All jokes aside, Ronaldo is still the all-time leading goal scorer in men’s international and men’s Champions League history. His mark of 140 UCL goals is 14 ahead of Messi, the only man anywhere close to him. One year in the Europa League probably won’t be enough for the Portuguese to be caught by the Argentine, but Ronaldo could make a run at the Europa League all-time scoring list, currently led by Radamel Falcao with 30.

The other goal in the match on Thursday came from Jadon Sancho via a Christian Eriksen feed.

If you’re wondering what that celebration was, Sancho held aloft shin guards gifted to him by a young fan. 

Ronaldo, not one to be left out, also had some custom shin guards featuring his numerous offspring.

The win moves United into second place in Group E, bouncing back from a defeat to Real Sociedad on the first match day. The Red Devils will have this weekend off as its fixture against Leeds United was one of the many postponed matches as England throws its football league into disarray over the death of an old lady. United’s next match is against rival Manchester City on Oct. 2 after the upcoming international break.

Sheriff vs. Manchester United Highlights

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