Cristiano Ronaldo had to match Iker Casillas’ record for Champions League appearances after being selected in the starting eleven for Manchester United’s clash with Young Boys.
Casillas holds the record after appearing 177 times in his glittering career under spells for Real Madrid and Porto.
However, he will have former teammate Ronaldo for company, with the Portugal star set to add another record to his enviable roster.
Ronaldo has been selected for his second consecutive departure since returning to United from Juventus, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United sought to improve last season’s group stage exit from the Champions League.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2021
Ronaldo started and scored a brace for United on Saturday in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League, marking his second debut in style.
The former Real Madrid striker is the Champions League top scorer having scored 134 times. Fifteen of those goals were scored during his first stint with United from 2003 to 2009, while the rest went through successive spells with Madrid and Juve.
He has lifted the trophy five times, once with United and four times with Real.
His last Champions League appearance for United came in the defeat to Barcelona in the final in May 2009, 12 years and 110 days ago.
Playing against Young Boys, Ronaldo’s gap between Champions League appearances will be the fourth-longest gap for the 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, 14a 194d).