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Mueller breaks UCL record, beats Lewandowski, Messi to MVP award

Thomas Mueller claimed a Champions League record Friday night after stealing the limelight from Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi as Bayern Munich routed Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final

Mueller netted twice in Lisbon as Barcelona conceded four goals in the first-half of a Champions League game for the first time as Bayern went 4-1 up at half-time.

Substitute Philippe Coutinho also scored twice in Bayern’s 8-2 hammering.

The 30-year-old Mueller capped an outstanding display by passing Philipp Lahm’s record to become the German with the most Champions League appearances on 113 games alongside the MVP of the match.

In the build up, there had been fierce debate as to whether Lewandowski or Messi is the better player.

However, it was Mueller who stole the show, underlining his status as Barcelona’s nemesis with six goals in five games against the Spanish giants.

Mueller scored against Barcelona when Bayern bowed out in the Champions League semi-finals in 2014/15.

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He also netted three goals over two legs against Barcelona seven years ago when Bayern romped to a 4-0 win in Munich and 3-0 away in the semi-finals on the way to winning the 2013 Champions League title.

After creating a record 21 assists in the Bundesliga last season – many of them finished by Lewandowski – Mueller outshone the Champions League’s top-scorer this season in Lisbon with two superb first-half goals.

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