Portuguese professional footballer and Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, was on target as Manchester United came from behind to win their first UEFA Champions League match of the 2021/2022 season.
After losing to Young Boys away from home, Manchester United needed to win their home against Villarreal to mount pressure on first place Atlanta. Manchester United started the match in front foot, but a 53-minutes goal from Paco Alcacer gave Villarreal the lead before a stunning Alex Telles equalizer and a Cristiano Ronaldo’s late strike secured all 3-points for the Red Devils.
After being named in the starting eleven against Villarreal, Cristiano Ronaldo made history as he became the player with the highest Champions League appearance with 178 matches, going past former teammate and Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Ike Casillas had 177 Champions League appearances before his retirement (Cristiano Ronaldo had drawn level with Casillas in their defeat against Young Boys few weeks ago).
At his age and style of play, Cristiano Ronaldo has a better opportunity to extend his Champions League appearances.
Not just in appearances, Cristiano Ronaldo is the current UEFA Champions League all-time top goal scorer as he has scored 135 goals from his 178 appearances, with only Lionel Messi his direct competitor (Messi has a total of 120 UEFA Champions League goals).
Cristiano Ronaldo, is also among the top footballers with the highest Champions League winner’s medal (Iconic Real Madrid left winger Paco Gento currently holds the record of the player in possession of the most Champions League titles, having won 6 trophies during his active career), as he has won 5 UEFA Champions league honors (Ronaldo first won his first Champions League trophy during his first spell at Manchester United and also in Real Madrid). However, Ronaldo is a joint hat-trick highest goal scorer with Lionel Messi (Ronaldo and Messi have scored 8 Champions League hat-tricks each).
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