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Kylian Mbappé approaches 50th UEFA Champions League appearance: how do his stats compare to Lewandowski, Messi and Ronaldo?

The Paris Saint-Germain forward's next UEFA Champions League appearance will be his 50th; how do his stats compare to those of the modern greats?

Every Kylian Mbappé Champions League goal
Every Kylian Mbappé Champions League goal

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé can make his 50th UEFA Champions League appearance when his side visit Manchester City on Matchday 5.

If he features next time out, Mbappé will reach 50 appearances (group stage to final) at the age of 22 years and 339 days. How do Mbappé's stats compare to those of Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the equivalent stages in their careers?

The stats (group stage to final)

Goals after 50 UEFA Champions League appearances
Kylian Mbappé: (28)
Robert Lewandowski: 31
Lionel Messi: 31
Cristiano Ronaldo: 13

DebutFirst goalFirst hat-trick50th gameGoals in first 50 games
Kylian MbappéMonaco 1-1 Leverkusen (27/09/2016)
17 years 282 days
Fourth game
Manchester City 5-3 Monaco (21/02/2017)
18 years 63 days
27th game
Club Brugge 0-5 Paris (22/10/2019)
20 years 285 days
TBC(28)
Robert LewandowskiDortmund 1-1 Arsenal (13/09/2011)
23 years 23 days
Third game
Olympiacos 3-1 Dortmund (19/10/2011)
23 years 59 days
17th game
Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid (24/04/2013)
24 years 246 days
Benfica 2-2 Bayern (13/04/2016)
27 years 236 days
31
Lionel MessiShakhtar 2-0 Barcelona (07/12/2004)
17 years 166 days
Fifth game
Barcelona 5-0 Panathinaikos (02/11/2005)
18 years 131 days
42nd game
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal (06/04/2010)
22 years 290 days
Barcelona 2-0 Rubin (07/12/2010)
23 years 166 days
31
Cristiano RonaldoStuttgart 2-1 Manchester United (01/10/2003)
18 years 238 days
28th game
Manchester United 7-1 Roma (10/04/2007)
22 years 64 days
83rd game
Ajax 1-4 Real Madrid (03/10/2012)
27 years 241 days
Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal (29/04/2009)
24 years 83 days
13

Key points

Mbappé becomes youngest to 25 Champions League goals
Mbappé becomes youngest to 25 Champions League goals

• Mbappé made his UEFA Champions League debut for Monaco aged 17 years 282 days in a 2016 game against Leverkusen, but his first appearance in Europe was in the Europa League against Tottenham on 10 December 2015, ten days before his 17th birthday.

• Mbappé scored his first goal in the competition in his fourth appearance, so earlier in his UEFA Champions League career than Messi or Ronaldo, and got his first UEFA Champions League treble at a considerably younger age than both of those players.

• Lewandowski scored his first goal and his first hat-trick earlier in his UEFA Champions League career than Mbappé, Messi or Ronaldo, but the Bayern striker was a more mature player than any of his peers when he reached those milestones. The Polish international had already played 24 UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League games for Lech Poznań and Borussia Dortmund, scoring seven goals in the process, before he made his UEFA Champions League debut.

Watch Mbappé Champions League goals
Watch Mbappé Champions League goals

• Ronaldo started playing in the UEFA Champions League at a similar age to Mbappé and Messi but did not start to register in his first 27 games, group stage to final (though he did find the target against Debrecen in a 2005/06 qualifier). He was transformed from a winger into an out-and-out goalscorer in the latter part of his spell at United.

• Lewandowski, Messi and Ronaldo all became more efficient scorers after their first 50 UEFA Champions League games. Lewandowski has scored 81 goals in his 100 games in the competition, hitting exactly 50 in his second 50 appearances. Messi's 102 games since his 50th appearance have brought him 92 goals, while Ronaldo has hit 125 in his 130 post-50 matches.

What had the big stars won by they time they made their 50th UEFA Champions League appearances?

Robert Lewandowski: 4 domestic titles, 2 domestic cups
Lionel Messi: 4 domestic titles, 1 domestic cup, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 FIFA Ballon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo: 2 domestic titles, 1 domestic cup, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 FIFA Ballon d’Or
Kylian Mbappé: 4 domestic titles, 4 domestic cups, 1 FIFA World Cup, 1 UEFA Nations League

Who are the youngest players to reach 50 UEFA Champions League games?

Casillas career highlights
Casillas career highlights

22 years 155 days: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid – 20 May 1981, 50th appearance vs Partizan, 22 October 2003)
22 years 331 days: Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal – b. 4 May 1987, 50th appearance vs Standard Liège, 31 March 2010)

Last updated: 18 November 2021