Real Madrid 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.
All-time UEFA club competition appearances*
177: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
174: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
173: Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
163: Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, AC Milan)
161: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
160: Javier Zanetti (Internazionale Milano)
159: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
159: Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli, Bayern München)
152: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)
150: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
150: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
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.
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The top ten – 11 players in all as Ronaldo is currently joint tenth with Carragher – is made up of three goalkeepers, three defenders, three midfielders and two forwards. The other striker to feature is Raúl González, himself a long-time talismanic figure at the Santiago Bernabéu whose final season in the Spanish capital (2009/10) crossed over with Ronaldo’s first.
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.