Ivorian Star Franck Kessie Breaks 14 Year Old Record at Barcelona With First Goal For the Club

Ivorian Star Franck Kessie Breaks 14 Year Old Record at Barcelona With First Goal For the Club

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:11 PM
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  • Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie has scored his first goal for Spanish club Barcelona in their UEFA Champions League game
  • The Catalan giants thrashed Czech club Viktoria Plzen in their Group opener on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou
  • Franck Kessie's goal makes him the player to score the fastest goal on his UCL debut for the La Liga outfit

Franck Kessie has broken a record set by Sergio Busquets at Barcelona 14 years ago on his UEFA Champions League debut.

The Ivory Coast midfielder became the fastest Barcelona player to score on his UEFA Champions League debut with his 13th minute strike against Viktoria Plzen.

And according to OptaJose, the former AC Milan player beats Sergio Busquests 15 minute UEFA Champions League debut goal against FC Basel in 2008.

Franck Kessie, Ivory Coast, Barcelona
Franck Kessie has scored his first Barcelona goal in the UEFA Champions League against Viktoria Plzen. Credit: @90min
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The Ivory Coast midfielder met a header from Jules Kounde to break the game's deadlock after 13 minutes at the Camp Nou.

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In a video posted on social media, Kessie's timely move to head in from a Jules Kounde pass set Barcelona up for a big victory on the night.

Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick to add to Ferran Torres' strike as Barcelona thumped Viktoria Plzen 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick as Barcelona thump Viktoria Plzen

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Robert Lewandowski is operating on another level.

The Polish striker struck three times for Barcelona as they completed a 5-1 rout of FC Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Champions League.

Lewandowski’s hattrick also took him above Karim Benzema in the Champions League all-time scorers chart.

Franck Kessie wants to replicate Yaya Toure's success at Barcelona

New Barcelona signing Franck Kessie has set his targets early on at his new club. The midfielder was officially unveiled by Barcelona's President Joan Laporta.

Kessie quipped that he would like to follow in the footsteps of Yaya Toure, a Barcelona legend. Toure also comes from Ivory Coast, the same country that Kessie represents internationally.

Football Espana reports that Kessie mentioned outrightly that he adored Toure, who has since retired.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.