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All-time Champions League appearances: Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, and Europe's most enduring stars.

#1 IKER CASILLAS: 177 APPEARANCES

Iker Casillas, the legendary Spanish goalkeeper, made his Champions League debut on September 15, 1999, at the age of 18, making him the competition's youngest goalie at the time.

At Real Madrid, Casillas was nicknamed as 'San Iker,' and he helped Los Blancos win three Champions League titles before moving to Porto in 2015, where he added 27 more Champions League appearances to his 150 at Madrid.

#2 CRISTIANO RONALDO: 177 APPEARANCES

Cristiano Ronaldo has earned the moniker 'Mr Champions League' as a result of his love for UEFA's premier club competition, in which he has made a record amount of appearances and is the competition's all-time leading goalscorer by a significant margin.

Ronaldo has featured in six Champions League finals, four of which he has won, and there is no doubt that he is at his most lethal on evenings when he gets to chant along to football's most renowned gladiatorial anthem.

#3 XAVI: 151 APPEARANCES

Xavi is one of Barcelona's all-time greats, and he owns the record for most Champions League appearances for a single team. During his stint with the Catalan giants, the little playmaker helped them win four Champions League titles.

Xavi earned his first Champions League games in the 1998-99 season, and he finished with 151 appearances in his final season with Barcelona in 2014-15.

#4 LIONEL MESSI: 150 APPEARANCES

Six-time Winner of the Ballon d'Or Lionel Messi made his Champions League debut as a teenager in the 2004-05 season, and the Barcelona legend has since gone on to become one of the competition's most recognizable figures.

Messi has won the trophy four times and is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of tournament goals scored. The Argentina international is now a member of Paris Saint-Germain and is seeking to assist the French club in obtaining their 'Holy Grail.'

#5 RAUL: 142 APPEARANCES

Raul was renowned as 'Mr Champions League' before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Madrid. Before being surpassed by CR7, the legendary No.7 led the Galacticos to three European Cup championships and was the competition's all-time leading goalscorer with 71 goals.

Raul, a Spanish icon, appeared in the Champions League 130 times for Real Madrid and another 12 times for Schalke at the end of his illustrious career.

#6 RYAN GIGGS: 141 APPEARANCES

Ryan Giggs, widely regarded as one of Manchester United's all-time greats, was a veteran for the club and a constant fixture on big European evenings. The 'Welsh Wizard' was instrumental in the Red Devils' Champions League triumphs in 1999 and 2008.

Giggs' incredible longevity ensured that he was still playing for United in the competition in 2014, despite having originally played in it in 1993.

#7 KARIM BENZEMA: 131 APPEARANCES

In 11 fewer games, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema equaled Raul's Champions League goal tally, and the striker is still going strong in the competition.

The France international began his Champions League career with a strong Lyon side before moving on to Madrid, where he has helped Los Blancos win four trophies since joining in 2009-10.

#8 ANDRES INIESTA: 130 APPEARANCES

Andres Iniesta, like his Barcelona teammate Xavi, made all 130 Champions League appearances for a single club. Before retiring in 2017-18, the four-time champion made his debut appearance in the competition during the 2002-03 season.

"Andres always moans about not scoring enough, as if he needs to get goals on top of everything else he does!" says Guardiola.

#9 SERGIO RAMOS: 129 APPEARANCES

Between 2014 and 2018, when Real Madrid dominated the Champions League, Sergio Ramos was the driving force behind their success. Ramos' first taste of the Champions League came in a 3-0 loss to Lyon in 2005, but he went on to win four trophies and surpass a century of appearances in the process.

#10 THOMAS MULLER: 125 APPEARANCES

When Thomas Muller came on as a second-half substitute for Bastian Schweinsteiger in Bayern Munich's 7-1 annihilation of Sporting on March 10, 2009, he scored on his Champions League debut. He's made over 120 appearances since then, winning the trophy twice.

The Bayern Munich great has appeared in 14 Champions League seasons in a row and counting.

#11 CLARENCE SEEDORF: 125 APPEARANCES

Clarence Seedorf has won the Champions League three times: with Ajax (1995), Real Madrid (1998), and AC Milan (2001). (2003, 2007).

On September 14, 1994, the great Dutch midfielder made his competition debut as a substitute for Ajax in a 2-0 victory over Milan, and his last appearance was a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on April 3, 2012.

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