Mbappe breaks Messi UCL record

UEFA Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe broke Lionel Messi's long-standing UEFA Champions League record after an incredible hat-trick against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old, who had to make do with a place on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury, was introduced in the second-half at the Jan Breydel Stadium to devastating effect.

After making his way on to the pitch in the 52nd minute, Mbappe blitzed a second-half treble, becoming the fifth-youngest in Champions League history at 20 years and 306 days old.

The 5-0 win also kept PSG's 100% record in Group A this season as they etch closer to the knock-out stages of the competition.

However, the more remarkable feat arrived with Mbappe's opener on the evening against the Belgian league leaders as he surpassed a record held by Messi, becoming the youngest player to reach the 15-goal milestone. 

Messi was 21 years and 289 days old when he scored his 15th UCL goal in a 4-0 quarterfinal first-leg win over Bayern Munich a decade ago.

"I wanted to start. I thought I would start. The coach chose otherwise, which I had to accept. I wanted to show it is difficult to do without me," Mbappe said, as per ESPN.

"When I was not there, the others did well. Football is a passion and to go without playing for two months was painful. I want to play every match and score goals.

"My injury is now gone, so I thank the medical staff. This was not a win for Kylian, but a win for PSG."

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