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Robert Lewandowski breaks Lionel Messi record in Barcelona’s draw with Napoli –

Robert Lewandowski became the oldest Barcelona player to score in a Champions League knockout game when he netted in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Napoli.

The Poland international slotted home in the 60th minute of the game but was left frustrated when Victor Osimhen’s equaliser 15 minutes later saw Napoli snatch a share of the spoils.

At 35 years and 184 days old, Lewandowski flew into the record books as Barcelona’s oldest scorer in a European knockout game, breaking the previous record which was held by Lionel Messi.

Messi was 33 years and 259 days old when he netted against Paris Saint-Germain in March 2021.

Lamine Yamal also broke a record / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

The game against Napoli was full of records for Barcelona as it also saw winger Lamine Yamal become the youngest player to ever feature in the knockout stages of the Champions League at 16 years and 223 days old.

The records keep on tumbling for Yamal but he is in a race against time to become the youngest player to ever score in the Champions League.

Ansu Fati was just 40 days past his 17th birthday when he scored, coincidentally for Barcelona, against Inter in the final game of the 2019/20 group stage. If Yamal does not score in the competition this season, he will not break the record.

The youngest player to ever score in a knockout game also represented Barcelona. Bojan Krkic was 17 years and 217 days old when he netted against Schalke in April 2008.

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