Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has entered the top ten for all-time UEFA club competition appearances after reaching the 150 mark against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo equels forme Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher who also played 150 european club games.
Although Cristiano Ronaldo has made his 150th UEFA club competition appearance, placing him joint tenth on the all-time list but with a long way still to go to catch his forme team-mate Iker Casillas who played 177 UEFA games and still continue at FC Porto.
All-time UEFA club competition appearances*
177 Matches: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
174 Matches: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
173 Matches: Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
163 Matches: Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, AC Milan)
161 Matches: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
160 Matches: Javier Zanetti (Internazionale Milano)
159 Matches: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
159 Matches: Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli, Bayern München)
152 Matches: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)
150 Matches: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
150 Matches: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
Acording to UEFA stats, Cristiano Ronaldo reaches the landmark figure just over 15 years after his first appearance, a UEFA Champions League qualifier for Sporting CP in August 2002. The Portugal forward has scored a staggering 112 goals in his 150 European games after striking twice on Tuesday.
Top of the pile is Iker Casillas, who also made the majority of his UEFA club appearances for Real Madrid but is now turning out for Porto.
Should Madrid go all the way to the 2017/18 final and Ronaldo feature in every game, he would finish the season on 161 appearances. Indeed even accounting for possible qualifiers and UEFA Super Cup games, it seems unlikely that Ronaldo would be able to catch Casillas – who is still adding to his tally, after all – until the 2019/20 campaign at the earliest.