The UEFA Champions League remains the undisputed king of club football the world over, and it proved this in Matchday two of the group stage this week.
16 matches, spread across two days, served the best European club football riddled with an exciting mix of drama, surprises and all manner of subplots.
Santiago Bernabeu stunned
Perhaps one of the biggest mismatches in Champions League history. Real Madrid welcomed FC Sheriff Tiraspol, a football club from a pro-Russian separatist enclave of Europe’s poorest country, Moldova.
In the end in the 'David vs Goliath clash, it was the side that was playing their second ever Champions League clash that came out on top, with Sebastien Thill scoring the winner in the 89th minute.
One more thing to note, the estimated value of the entire Sheriff squad is 12 million euros ($14m), roughly what one Real Madrid takes home annually.
Messi opens PSG account
What a way to open his account for the Parisians! Many have been asking when will the Argentine find his footing in the star-studded PSG, and he had the perfect answer on a perfect night when Mauricio Pochettino's side beat Pep Guardiola's Man City.
The former Barcelona star netted the second to ensure they picked maximum points this term, having settled for a 1-1 draw in their opener away to Club Brugge.
Ronald Koeman is a man under pressure and a lot of it. Barcelona have been unconvincing this season and their frailties were once again exposed in Lisbon as Benfica tore them apart.
The Portuguese led 1-0 at half-time and scored two more goals in the second period to win 3-0 and leave the Blaugrana bottom of the group with no win having lost their opening clash against Bayern Munich.
Just Ronaldo doing Ronaldo things
In England, on Wednesday night at a fully-packed Old Trafford, a familiar story was unfolding as Man United played Villarreal in a repeat of last season's Europa League final.
The hosts struggled through the match and had to come from behind after Paco Alcacer put the Spaniards in front.
With the match seemingly headed for a draw, Mr. Champions League rose to the occasion once again, netting in stoppage time to earn his side a dramatic victory that perhaps, saved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's skin.
Ronaldo has now scored 12 Champions League goals in the 90th minute or later. Twice as many as any other player in Champions League history.#
Lewandowski's love for goals
Bayern Munich once again sent out a statement of intent with a 5-0 thrashing of Dynamo Kyiv at the famous Allianz Arena.
Robert Lewandowski cannot stop scoring and he was at it again with a first-half double before Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting completed the route.
The Bavarians remain one of the favourites, and they proved this once again.