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10 eye-catching stats from the 2019-20 Champions League group stages

  • 10 most interesting stats from the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group-stage
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:19 IST

2. Kylian Mbappe breaks Lionel Messi's record to become the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals

Kylian Mbappé 
Kylian Mbappé 

Kylian Mbappé became the 95th different player to score a Champions League hat-trick as the World-Cup winner came off the bench to play a starring role in Paris Saint-Germain's 5-0 victory against Club Brugge.

At the age of 20 years and 306 days, Mbappe became the youngest player in Champions League history to score 15 goals in the competition, a record that was previously held by Lionel Messi.

Mbappe is also the only player to score a Champions League goal as a teenager for two different clubs (Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain)

3. Lionel Messi becomes the first player to score in 15 successive Champions League seasons

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored his first Champions League goal of the season by opening the scoring for Barcelona in a 2-1 away win at Slavia Praha on Matchday 3.

In the process, Messi became the first player in Champions League history to score at least one goal in 15 consecutive seasons as the Argentine extended his record tally of group-stage goals in the competition to 67.

4. Erling Haaland becomes the first player to score 7 goals in his first 4 Champions League games

Erling Braut Haland is one of the hottest strikers in Europe.
Erling Braut Haland is one of the hottest strikers in Europe.

Erling Haland took to the UEFA Champions League like a fish to water as the teenager scored in a fourth consecutive game in the competition to take his tally to 7.


Haland's goal in RB Salzburg's 1-1 draw at Napoli kept his club in the reckoning for a place in the Round of 16 while making the Norwegian only the fourth player in the competition history, to have scored in each of his first four appearances. The others are Ze Carlos (FC Porto), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) and Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid).

The Norwegian teenager ended his debut Champions League campaign with 8 goals in 6 games, scoring on every Matchday except on Matchday 6 as Salzburg's 2-0 home loss to Liverpool put the Austrian side out of reckoning for the Round of 16.

Published 13 Dec 2019, 09:38 IST
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