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Club Brugge vs PSG, Champions League: Mbappe breaks Messi’s record

Coming in as a substitute in the 52nd minute, Mbappe netted three goals in just 22 minutes to become the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goal.

SNS | New Delhi |

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Kylian Mbappe, on Tuesday, scored a brilliant hat-trick and broke Lionel Messi’s record to become the youngest footballer to score 15 Champions League goal.

The French international has achieved the feat before turning 21, while Messi had scored his 15th goal at the age of 21 years and 288 days. The Barcelona veteran had beaten Real Madrid legend Raul’s mark of 22 years and 163 days.

Coming in as a substitute in the 52nd minute, Mbappe netted three goals in just 22 minutes. His first was off a deflection from PSG goalkeeper Mignolet, while the second was a display of his brilliance.

He dribbled past two defenders and beat the keeper to complete a sublime finish in the far corner of the net after Angel Di Maria provided him with the ball. The 20-year-old completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute, again through an assist from Di Maria.

Mbappe is yet to regain complete fitness in this season and find himself struggling with his hamstring and thigh issues. But that hasn’t stopped him from making an impact for his club as he already has two goals and three assists to his name in just five appearances Ligue 1.

With this victory, the French club has now gained nine points from their three games and sit comfortably at the top of their group. Spanish giants Real Madrid are at a distant second with four points. Club Brugge and Galatasaray hold the following positions with two and one points respectively.

In the other Group A match, Real Madrid tasted their first victory of the ongoing European season. Courtesy of an 18th-minute strike from midfielder Toni Kross, the Los Blancos completed a successful trip to Istanbul. The Zinedine Zidane-managed side had a rough start to their Champions League campaign this time after losing to PSG and being held by Club Brugge.