CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Champions League: Messi equals Raúl record in Barça defeat to PSG

A first-half penalty saw Lionel Messi score in the Champions League for a 17th successive calendar year, equalling a record set by Real Madrid legend Raúl.

Messi equals Raul's record for Champions League goalscoring longevity

Lionel Messi equalled a record set by Real Madrid great Raúl González as Barcelona fell to Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi scores in Champions League for 17th straight year

Messi's 26th-minute penalty, which put Barça ahead in Tuesday's last-16 first leg, saw him net in the Champions League for a 17th successive calendar year.

Messi's first goal in Europe's premier club tournament came in 2005; Raúl's spanned 1995 to 2011.

Additionally, it was Messi's 20th goal of the season across all competitions, remarkably making it the 13th season in succession that he has reached that mark.

Mbappé hits treble as PSG put one foot in next round

Unfortunately for Messi and Barça, PSG came from behind to claim a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Camp Nou, Kylian Mbappé starring for the visitors with a hat-trick.

On-loan Everton striker Moise Kean was also on target for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

The sides meet in the second leg in Paris on 10 March.