As he entered the pitch against Young Boys, Cristiano Ronaldo equaled one of Iker Casillas’s all-time Champions League records.
Ronaldo only needed to get on the pitch this evening against Young Boys in order to match Iker Casillas’ all-time Champions League record. Before today, the legendary Spanish goalie held the record of most caps in the continental tournament. Today, Ronaldo equaled this record and just needs one more game to break it. This is what Manchester United’s website published before the game: “Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo will equal the record for the all-time highest number of appearances made in the Champions League, when he plays against Young Boys this evening.
“Having been named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI for tonight’s game in Switzerland (17:45 BST), Ronaldo will play his 177th, and record-tying, game in European club football’s elite competition. The tally, that excludes our no.7’s four matches played in qualifying rounds, sees him go level with current record-holder and three-time tournament winner Iker Casillas. The former Real Madrid and Porto goalkeeper has retired since setting the bar at 177 during the Portuguese side’s 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool at the quarter-final stage of the 2018/19 competition, and there’s no doubt that Ronaldo will have one eye on surpassing his former team-mate’s historic achievement in our other group matches to come!”
Ronaldo’s Champions League records are legendary.
In terms of the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo is by far the most important player in the competition. He just scored his 136th goal in the tournament and has 42 assists provided thus far. Cristiano is way above Lionel Messi in both categories and he is bound to finish ahead of the Argentine star. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could’ve made the decision to place Ronaldo as a winger but he decided to not waste any time.
He knows the Portuguese star performs at the full extent of his skills when he plays inside the box. If he continues playing at this pace, Ronaldo might be looking at a highly prolific season on his return to the Red Devils. We can easily predict Ronaldo will likely reach 150 Champions League goals before he decides to hang up his boots at the highest level. It’s a great moment for Cristiano to return to Manchester United and prove to the world he is still one of the best.