Cristiano Ronaldo was set to equal Iker Casillas’Champions League appearance record after being picked in the beginning XI for Manchester United’s clash with Young Boys.
Casillas holds the record after appearing 177 times in his glittering profession across spells for Real Madrid and Porto.
Nevertheless, he will have previous team-mate Ronaldo for company, with the Portugal star set to add another record to his enviable list.
Ronaldo was picked for his 2nd successive start considering that returning to United from Juventus, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United looked to improve on last season’s group-stage exit from the Champions League.
The Reds remain in the building #MUFC|#UCL pic.twitter.com/oVF0WdsaT7– Manchester United(@ManUtd)September 14, 2021 Ronaldo began and scored twice for United on&Saturday in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League, marking his
2nd debut in style. The previous Madrid forward is the Champions League’s record goalscorer having found the net 134 times. Fifteen of those goals were scored during
his very first spell with United from 2003 to 2009, with the rest discovering subsequent stints with Madrid and Juve. He has actually raised the prize five times, once with United and on four occasions with Madrid. His last appearance in the Champions League for United can be found in the defeat to Barcelona in the final in May 2009, 12 years and 110 days earlier. By playing against Young Boys, Ronaldo’s gap in between Champions League appearances will be the 4th longest gap for the
very same club, behind Klaas Jan Huntelaar(Ajax, 2006-18, 12y 189d ), Timmy Simons(Club Brugge, 2003-16, 12y 280d)and Steed Malbranque(Lyon, 2001-15, 14y 194d).