The Champions League appearance record of Iker Casillas is under serious threat from new Manchester United signing Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese international tied the record in the Group F clash with hosts Young Boys on Tuesday. Iker Casillas made 177 appearances for both Real Madrid and FC Porto in the Champions League before he retired from professional football last year.
Ronaldo tied the Champions League record appearance of Iker Casillas (177 games) when he started the Young Boys as the central striker for the Red Devils and it didn’t take him long to deliver as he provided the opening goal of the game. The five-time Champions League winner scored the opening goal in this season’s Champions League group stage by netting for Manchester United in the Young Boys game on 13 minutes.
Manchester United held on to the goal from Ronaldo until the end of the first half despite the sending off of English defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka on 34 minutes. Things fell apart from Ronaldo and Manchester United with their hosts winning the game 2-1 after two second half goals courtesy MoumiNgamaleu and Jordan Siebatcheu. American striker Siebatcheu pounced on the mistake from Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard to give Young Boys a landmark win over their Premier League opponents.
Ronaldo will own the Champions League appearance record if he features in the next Group F clash for his team in the competition. Manchester United are next in action later this month for a repeat of the Europa League final last season. The Red Devils would be hoping to avenge their Europa League final defeat on penalties when they take on Spanish team Villarreal at home in their next Champions League game.