Cristiano Ronaldo extends lead as Champions League's top goalscorer as Juventus draw with Ajax

Cristiano Ronaldo's standing as one of the greatest strikers of all time has long been secure and on Wednesday he extended his lead as the competition's top goalscorer after finding the net during the first leg of Juventus’ tie with Ajax.

The Portugal star was a major doubt for the clash at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Wednesday night due to injury but his diving header in the final minute of the first half sent Juventus into the break 1-0 ahead.

Dutch side Ajax equalised early in the second half with a fine strike from Brazilian David Neres and both teams had late chances to win it before settling for a 1-1 draw ahead of the second leg in Turin on Tuesday, 16 April.

Ronaldo’s diving header means the 34-year-old now has 24 quarter-final goals in the Champions League, 14 more than second-placed Lionel Messi and another Real Madrid legend Raul, who are both on ten.

And with Messi unable to add to his own incredible tally in the Champions League during Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Manchester United on Wednesday night, it means Ronaldo has increased his lead as the competition’s top goalscorer. He now has 125 goals in Europe’s premier club competition (excluding qualifying) compared to Messi’s 108, with Raul third on 71.

While Messi did not score against Manchester United at Old Trafford, he did cross for Luis Suárez to head the ball into the net via a Luke Shaw deflection, which resulted in it being awarded as an own goal.

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