Cristiano Ronaldo started Manchester United's Champions League match against Villarreal and this made him the player to have appeared in the highest number of Champions League games. The appearance against the Yellow Submarines took his number of Champions League appearances to 178. The Portuguese superstar made his Champions League debut in 2003.
Iker Casillas, who held the record earlier, is second on the list with 177 Champions League appearances. The Spanish goalkeeper has also kept the most clean sheets in the Champions League with 59 clean sheets. He made his debut in the competition in 1999 and played his last game in 2019.
Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez is the player who has made the third-highest number of appearances in the competition with 151 appearances. The retired Spanish midfielder played his first game in the competition in 1998 and his last in 2015.
Lionel Messi is tied with Xavi Hernandez on 151 appearances. The Argentine legend made his Champions League debut in 2004.
Former Real Madrid legend, Raul Gonzalez is fifth on the list with 142 appearances between 1995 and 2011. Manchester United's legend, Ryan Giggs rounds up the top six having played in the Champions League 141 times and winning the competition twice. The Welshman made his debut in 1993 and played his last game in the competition in 2014.
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