It was certainly a night to remember in the UCL history as records were made on several frontiers.
The UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 saw some rather mind-blowing records made as the European bigwigs all picked up comfortable wins. Lionel Messi was at the centre of all the record-breakers, as while he was busy creating history, the rising youngsters in the continent went on to surpass his old records.
We take a look at the top five individual records broken as well as the ones that were created in the UCL Gameweek 3.
5. Raheem Sterling
The Manchester City winger has been a crucial piece of Pep Guardiola’s system
Raheem Sterling was in the spotlight after a scoring an excellent hat-trick in Manchester City’s 5-1 rout of Atalanta. Sergio Aguero had already given the hosts a double lead in the first half and Sterling put an end to the game scoring three successive goals in the second half.
The 24-year-old engraved his name in the list of fastest hat-trick scorers in the history of UCL. His 11-minute 13 seconds record now stands third amongst all replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in the list.
Ahead of him, Mike Newell’s nine-minute hat-trick for Blackburn Rovers in 1995 and that of Bafetimbi Gomis’ for Lyon in just seven minutes are the records that still stand.
4. Robert Lewandowski
The Polish striker is in the form of his life
In a 3-2 comeback victory against Olympiacos, Bayern Munich stalwart Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to become the fifth highest goalscorer in UCL history. Earlier, the Polish striker’s goal tally was equalled with former Netherlands international Ruud van Nistelrooy, who now moved a place below in the list.
Lewandowski, however, is in superb form at the moment for both club and country, scoring 21 goals in as many 17 appearances this season. Moreover, the 31-year-old has already registered 18 goals in the Bundesliga, maintaining his position as Europe’s highest scorer this season by a six-goal margin.
3. Erling Braut Håland
The Norwegian is often compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his playing style
Amongst the players in red hot form at the moment is Red Bull Salzburg’s teenage sensation, Erling Haaland. The 19-year-old scored once again in the club’s 2-3 loss against Napoli.
His brace meant the Norwegian is now the first-ever player to score as many as six goals in his first three Champions League appearances. Quite impressive as it sounds!
Interestingly, Haaland has also equalled the record of Karim Benzema, for scoring in his first three appearances in the UCL as a teenager.
2. Kylian Mbappe
The UCL Gameweek 3 saw one more hat-trick scored as yet another record was broken. Kylian Mbappe is the one behind the hat-trick, as he scored in PSG’s 5-0 romping of Club Brugge.
Mbappe now becomes the youngest player to reach 15 goals in the UCL, surpassing Messi’s earlier record. At 21 years of age, Messi had reached the tally to create the record, however, the history has been rewritten by the 20-year-old Mbappe.
1. Lionel Messi
Despite a slow start to the season, the Barca captain is catching up
It would be safe now to say that creating history has become a hobby for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. His goal in a win against Slavia Praha means that the magician is the first ever to score in 15 consecutive UCL seasons.
Messi had opened the scoring for the Blaugrana in the third minute itself but the hosts equalised in the 50th minute. The visitors weren’t in the best of their form but eked out a win after Peter Olayinka scored an own goal at the hour mark.
The 32-year-old was once again in sound form as he created yet another record and this one is quite a tough one for anyone to break.