LIONEL MESSI became the fourth player to appear in 19 editions of the Champions League as PSG beat Juventus.
The 35-year-old forward is now just a step short of Iker Casillas’ record of 20.
But in the starting XI against Juventus, Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs on the 19th.
Messi made his Champions League debut against Shakhtar Donetsk in 2004/05 and has not missed the competition since then, winning four times.
Ronaldo also played 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League but has to leave Manchester United to make it 20 straight.
With CR7 competing in the Europa League, Messi continues to impress at the highest level and played a key role in PSG’s 2-1 win over Juventus.
However, it was Kylian Mbappe who stole the limelight with two terrific finishes at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar also drew attention with a wonderful lob that met Mbappe’s volley which opened the scoring before the Frenchman played a brilliant one-two with Achraf Hakimi and fired into the bottom corner.
Juventus recovered one just after half-time when Weston McKennie headed in from a corner at the far post.
But PSG controlled most of the game from there, although Gianluigi Donnarumma had to be at his best to save Manuel Locatelli.
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At the other end, Christophe Galtier’s side looked menacing at the break and Neymar almost clinched the three points with a raspy shot that went just wide of the post.
PSG held on to victory to move up to second place in Group H behind Benfica, who beat Maccabi Haifa 2-0 at home.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6163014/messi-ronaldo-champions-league-psg-juventus/ Lionel Messi joins Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for an incredible Champions League record as PSG beat Juventus