How Mbappe and Haaland's Champions League exploits compare to Messi and Ronaldo


Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland are both on course to score more Champions League goals than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

If there was ever a single image which captured the shift in power of European football, then it was the one taken of Mbappé speeding past Gerard Piqué during Tuesday night’s Champions League tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Piqué was once the defensive heart of the greatest team in the world, but he was reduced to desperately clinging on to Mbappé’s shirt as the young striker sprinted past on his way to scoring a hat-trick at the Camp Nou.

It was a night where the 22-year-old, already a World Cup winner, once again showed the world his phenomenal talent.




Mbappé wasn’t the only rising star in action this week.

Erling Braut Haaland continued his sensational scoring streak with two goals against Sevilla for Borussia Dortmund.

The Norwegian took over the game in Spain as BVB came from behind to claim a major morale-boosting win, to put them in command of their last 16 tie.



Erling Haaland celebrates scoring against Sevilla
Erling Haaland celebrates scoring against Sevilla

Haaland’s brace took his tally to a staggering 18 goals in 13 matches in European football’s elite competition.

Mbappé’s tally in the Champions League meanwhile now stands at 24 goals from 41 games.

It means both have scored more than Messi and Ronaldo – the competition’s two all-time leading scorers – had after the same number of games.

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But Mbappé and Haaland have a long way to go before they come anywhere near to Messi and Ronaldo’s totals, however.

One of the amazing things about Ronaldo and Messi’s isn’t just that they’ve been great goalscorers, but that they’ve been great goalscorers for so many years.

After all, Ronaldo didn’t get off the mark in the Champions League until his 27th appearance in the competition, when he scored two in Manchester United ’s seven-one victory over Roma in 2007.

Lionel Messi has always led Ronaldo in the scoring charts when you compare their tallies after the same number of games.

However, that’s in danger of changing due to the slowing of Messi’s scoring rate.

The Argentine has scored 119 goals in 148 appearances in the competition.

Ronaldo had scored 117 goals after the same number of games.

The Juventus forward scored his 120th goal in his 150th game, meaning Messi has just two matches to score again in order to keep up the pace.

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