Starting with Manchester United against Villarreal in the Champions League this Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed the record for matches played in the leading competition of European football, almost 18 years after his debut in it, with 178 games.
The Portuguese, who began his career in the Champions League on October 1, 2003, with a defeat in Stuttgart (2-1), when he was already wearing the ‘Red Devils’ jersey, surpasses the former Real Madrid and Porto goalkeeper Iker Boxes.
The second active player with the most games in the Champions League is Argentine Lionel Messi, with 151 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 135 goals in a competition that he has won five times, making him the top scorer in the competition, also ahead of Messi, who scored his 121st goal on Tuesday, with Paris SG against Manchester City .
The Portuguese is also the author of the most prolific Champions League campaign, with 17 goals, the year of Real Madrid’s 10th ‘Orejona’, in 2014. (AFP)