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Mbappe smashes Messi’s Champions League record as PSG dump Barcelona out

Kylian Mbappé (22 years, 80 days) becomes the youngest player in history to score 25 Champions League goals, taking the record from Leo Messi (22 years, 286 days)

Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick against Barcelona last month as they ran riot in a 4-1 victory at Camp Nou, slotted home the opening goal from the spot in the return leg at the Parc des Princes as a 1-1 draw on the night was enough for PSG to go through.

The penalty was given by referee Anthony Taylor after a VAR review, with Mauro Icardi deemed to have been tripped in the box.

Messi, who hit back with an absolute thunderbolt to level the scoreline and then missed a penalty, became the youngest player in history to score 25 when he was 22 years 86 days old.

However, Mbappe shouldn’t get too comfortable as Erling Haaland is right on his tail.

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s rivalry near two-decade rivalry is coming to an end, and it looks like Haaland vs Mbappe is the new rivalry set to dominate football over the next years.

The Borussia Dortmund striker, who netted another brilliant brace against Sevilla on Tuesday, has scored 20 UEFA Champions League goals in just 14 games – the youngest player ever to score that many at 20 years old.

The Norway striker has achieved the milestone in ten matches fewer than the next player on the list, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who had set a new benchmark when he struck his 20th goal in November 2019 – on his 24th appearance in the competition.

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