Leeds United target Brenden Aaronson matches superb Lionel Messi feat in Champions League clash

Leeds United target Brenden Aaronson excelled on the Champions League stage for history-making Red Bull Salzburg in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich.

By Lee Sobot
Thursday, 17th February 2022, 1:42 pm

Salzburg took in their first ever clash in the Champions League last 16 when hosting the German giants and Aaronson lined up in the no 10 role behind front pair Karim Adeyemi and Noah Okafor.

After just 21 minutes, Aaronson provided the assist as early substitute Chukwubuike Adamu gave Salzburg a 21st-minute lead, Aaronson poking Adeyemi's cross into the path of Adamu who supplied a clinical curling finish from just inside the box.

Aaronson raced off to celebrate and the 21-year-old went on to create four more chances after making five key passes in the contest as a whole, becoming the youngest player in Champions League knockout history to achieve such a feat since a 20-year-old Lionel Messi managed the same for Barcelona against Celtic in 2008.

STARRING ROLE: For Leeds United target Brenden Aaronson, right, for Red Bull Salzburg in Wednesday night's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. Photo by KERSTIN JOENSSON/AFP via Getty Images..

Aaronson and Salzburg were heading for a famous first-leg victory against Bayern until Kingsley Conan equalised in the 90th minute.

Leeds wanted to sign Aaronson in the January transfer window but the Austrian outfit were unwilling to part with the US international, despite bids of £15m and £20m.

Support the YEP and become a subscriber today. You'll enjoy unlimited access to the latest on Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos. With our sports digital subscription, you'll also see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get exclusive content. Click HERE to subscribe.