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Paris St-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe breaks Lionel Messi’s record

Argentina’s captain has won the tournament four times while playing for Barcelona. Instagram/PSG/Manchester United Lionel Messi has matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. Last Updated: September 7, 2022 at 07:36 IST The PSG star has now surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo and his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs. Lionel Messi became the fourth player in Europe’s elite club competition after starting the Champions League match against Juventus. Kylian Mbappe breaks Lionel Messi’s record against PSG. Messi made his Champions League debut in 2004-05 against Shakhtar Donetsk and has not missed a match since. The 35-year-old is now one appearance away from matching Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas’ record of 20 appearances. PSG defeated Juventus 2-1 in their first UEFA Champions League group stage match thanks to a brace from Kylian Mbappe. Mbappé now has 29 UEFA Champions League goals in his PSG jersey, one less than Edinson Cavani’s club record. Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from this year’s UEFA Champions League will be felt heavily after Manchester United failed to qualify for Europe’s premier competition. As Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to play in the Europa League, Lionel Messi equaled his Ballon d’Or rival’s incredible UEFA Champions League record in his first match. With his two goals against Juventus, Kylian Mbappé became the youngest player in UEFA Champions League history to score 35 goals, surpassing teammate Lionel Messi. PSG also won for the first time after losing the previous six meetings between the two teams. PSG took the lead in the fifth minute thanks to Mbappe’s goal. After a link-up play with his teammate, Neymar was able to create an opening. The Brazilian lobbed the ball over the Juventus defense, where Mbappe smashed it into the net. In the 19th minute, summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo came close to equalizing the score. In the second half, Juventus had a good 10-minute spell during which midfielder Weston McKennie pulled one goal back. PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Arkadiusz Milik’s close-range header. PSG doubled their lead in the 22nd minute, with Ashraf Hakimi assisting their 23-year-old teammate. Weston McKennie outjumped defenders to head the ball home, setting up a tense finish. PSG goalkeeper Donnarumma misjudged a cross, leaving him off balance and too far away from his line. PSG’s defense was able to withstand the pressure and ensure that the team took all three points.

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