Paris Saint-Germain, led by their star attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, were aiming for Champions League glory in 2021/22 but again came up short.
The French side failed to escape a difficult Round of 16 draw against Real Madrid, coughing up a 1-0 first-leg lead thanks to a disastrous 3-1 second-leg defeat. It seemed PSG had done enough to advance until Karim Benzema’s second-half hat-trick sank the Parisians.
PSG were crowned champions of France for the 10th time last season and they are on course to defend that title in 2023, yet the Champions League is their ultimate goal. Standing in their way next are Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, who beat them in the final three years ago.
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Have PSG won the Champions League?
PSG have yet to win the Champions League. Having been eliminated last year by eventual winners Madrid, that makes it now 14 times in the competition without winning, including the previous 10 tournaments in a row.
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Only Arsenal have won more matches in the European Cup/Champions League without winning the trophy. Arsenal have won 101 games while PSG have won 77.
PSG players who won the Champions League
While PSG haven’t won the famous trophy, a host of their current players have lifted it with other clubs, as listed below.
It’s this kind of experience that the club is hoping will finally get them over the hump.
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||4||2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15|
|Keylor Navas||Real Madrid||3||2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18|
|Achraf Hakimi||Real Madrid||1||2017-18|
|Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid||4||2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18|
How close have PSG come to winning the Champions League?
The closest PSG have come to winning the Champions League was in the 2019/20 campaign, when they reached the final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Lisbon, with Kingsley Coman scoring the game-winner in the 59th minute.
That season PSG topped a group including Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray. They then beat Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta and RB Leipzig in the knockout stages en route to the final.
PSG’s Champions League record
|2000-01||Second group stage|
|2016-17||Round of 16|
|2017-18||Round of 16|
|2018-19||Round of 16|
|2021-22||Round of 16|
|2022-23||Round of 16*|
*PSG are still in the 2022-23 competition