Cristiano Ronaldo might equal an all-time competition record if he plays in Manchester United’s match against Young Boys this evening, as the UEFA Champions League returns today.
The Red Devils have arrived in Switzerland for their first match in the prestigious European championship, and the Portuguese attacker has the chance to write his name into history once more.
The 36-year-old boasts 11 competition records, including the tournament’s all-time leading goalscorer and the player with the most UCL title wins, according to UEFA’s official website.
If the veteran steps on to the pitch against Young Boys, he will equal the all-time UCL appearance record – Ronaldo is currently on 180 matches in the tournament, just behind record-holder, and his former Real Madrid teammate, Iker Casillas, who featured 181 times in the showpiece.
Ronaldo made a record-breaking second debut for Manchester United on Saturday, scoring a brace against Newcastle United and breaking the Premier League’s record for the longest time between league games (12 years, 118 days).
United named their 22-man traveling squad on Monday and will be looking for a good 2021/22 European campaign after exiting the UCL group stage early in 2020/21.
Young Boys, Villarreal, and Atalanta are in Group F with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.