The Manchester United forward, Christiano Ronaldo, has equalled Spanish giant, Real Madrid team-mate, Iker Casillas and Paris Saint-German (PSG) player, Lionel Messi, as the player with the most appearances in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) champions league history.
Ronaldo equalled the 177the game record held by both Messi and his former team-mate, Casillas, who has retired, during the game against a Switzerland team, Young Boys.
The Portuguese star, who made his first appearance for Man Utd in the competition under former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in 2009, started the match against the Swiss team on Tuesday in the English club’s group-stage opener.
And in his joint-record 177th appearance in the competition, he marked the event in typical fashion with an early goal to match another milestone held by Messi.
With his start against Young Boys, Ronaldo matched Casillas with a record 177 appearances in the competition and it took the Portugal star just 13 minutes to open the scoring in Switzerland to put United 1-0 ahead, sealing in the process a share of another record with the Argentine playmaker.
During the match against Young Boys, the game became the 36th different club he’s scored a Champions League goal against, with only Messi matching that mark.
Of course, those are far from the only records that Ronaldo has earned in the Champions League, as the goal made him the competition’s all-time top goalscorer with 135 finishes, including 17 in 2013-14, the most in a single campaign.
Ronaldo also has more knockout-round goals than any other player with a total of 67 outside of the group stage since his debut in the competition in 2009.
In addition, the Portuguese star is the only player to score in three Champions League finals, the only player to score in all six games in a Champions League group, and the only player to score in 11 straight Champions League games.