Mbappe breaks Lionel Messi's Champions League record

08/12/2021; 1:42 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

The furore over Kylian Mbappe’s future at Paris Saint-Germain continues to rage on. The PSG hierarchy still holds out a faint hope that the star forward will change his mind and decide to remain in the French capital. While they wait, Mbappe has continued to tantalize fans with his displays and has continued his seduction art.

Time is ticking for the player and the club, and the next six months might be his last in a PSG shirt. The World Cup winner is unperturbed by his future but refuses to let anything out of the bag.

Whether he joins Real Madrid or remains in Paris, the 22-year-old has ensured that his legacy at the club stays for a long time. During the week, Kylian Mbappe set another record that establishes him as a true star.

Mbappe breaks Messi’s record

Mbappe is just 22, but it looks like he’s been around for ages. The French forward has followed in the footsteps of hisl Cristiano Ronaldo by making the Champions League his own.

Despite the poor form exhibited by the French league leaders in the Ligue 1, they were back to flying form in the Champions League. In the absence of Neymar, Mbappe was the architect of their latest victory as he piloted the team to another big win.

On Tuesday, PSG blew Club Brugge out of the water with a 4-1 that saw both Mbappe and Messi net doubles. Mbappe scored a quickfire brace as he saw the back of the net inside the opening seven minutes to set his team on their way to a victory.

The two goals helped Mbappe break a long-standing record held by Lionel Messi. The two goals brought his tally to 31 as he set a new record. Mbappe thus became the youngest player to hit the 30 goal mark in the competition.

Mbappe broke the record, aged 22 years and 352 days, less than two weeks away from his 23rd birthday. Messi held the record at 23 years and 131 days set in 2010.

A befitting finale to the group stage

With Mauricio Pochettino under pressure at PSG, especially with the poor results the team has churned out in the last couple of Ligue 1 games, it was nice for the fans to witness the kind of display put up against Club Brugge. The Parisians lit up the Parc des Princes beating Club Brugge 4-1.

In the opening seven minutes, the game was over as a contest. The hosts got off to a flying start. Mbappe scored the opening goal of the game in the second minute. The French star worsened Club Brugge woes with a second of the night in the seventh minute.

Lionel Messi then joined the act scoring the third goal for the Parisians. After a typical Messi mazy dribble, the Argentine hit a left-footed curling effort that beat the goalkeeper.

The visitors were helpless in the face of the unrelenting firepower before them. With a consolation goal midway into the second half, Club Brugge was soon pegged back, with Messi restoring PSG’s three-goal advantage eight minutes later.

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