When he took the field against the Young Boys, Cristiano Ronaldo set one of the all-time Champions League records for Iker Casillas.
Ronaldo only had to play against the Young Boys tonight to keep up with Iker Casillas’ all-time-time Champions League record. To date, the legendary Spanish goalkeeper has held the record for most international matches in the continental tournament. Today Ronaldo broke that record and it only takes one more game to break it. This is Manchester United’s website released ahead of the game: “Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo will set the record for the highest number of appearances in the Champions League when he plays against Young Boys tonight.
“Ronaldo was named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up for today’s game in Switzerland (17:45 CEST) and will play his 177th and record-breaking game in the elite of European club football. The record, which excludes the four games of our number 7 in the qualifying rounds, lets him draw level with the current record holder and three-time tournament winner Iker Casillas. The former Real Madrid and Porto goalkeeper has retired since setting the bar to 177 in Portugal’s 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 competition and there is no doubt that Ronaldo is one Keeping an eye on him will surpass his former teammate’s historic performance in our other upcoming group matches!
Ronaldo’s Champions League records are legendary.
In the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo is by far the most important player in the competition. He has just scored his 136th goal in the tournament and has provided 42 assists so far. Cristiano is way above Lionel Messi in both categories and will certainly cross the finish line ahead of the Argentine star. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have made the decision to use Ronaldo as his winger, but he decided not to waste any time.
He knows the Portuguese star will perform at his best when he plays in the box. If he continues to play at this pace, Ronaldo could have a very successful season on his return to the Red Devils. We can easily predict that Ronaldo is likely to score 150 Champions League goals before deciding to hang his boots at the highest level. It’s a great moment for Cristiano to return to Manchester United and prove to the world that he is still one of the best.