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Leo Messi continues to add records and has surpassed Ryan Giggs in the ranking of footballers with more appearances in Champions. With the match against Naples, the Argentine arrives at the fifth place in this classification and Casillas points out, the player with the most matches in this competition.
- June 24, 1987, Rosario, Argentina
140 Champions League matches
The Argentine star meets his 140th match in the top European competitionwhere is he second top scorer in history, with his 114 goals. In the fifteen editions that Messi has played in the Champions League, he has managed to raise four, in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. After the blows of the last two years, the 10 seeks to touch again the glory in Europe.
- June 27, 1977, Madrid, Spain
142 games in the Champions League
The mythical ‘7’ of Real Madrid only beats Messi in two games, so except for catastrophe, this same season will fall to the fifth position of the ranking. In the 142 games who disputed Raulgot scored 71 goals, and be crowned champion three times (1998, 2000 and 2002), all with Real Madrid. We remember that he also played 12 games with Schalke, in the two seasons he was in Germany.
- January 25, 1980, Barcelona, Spain
151 games in the Champions League
The Catalan midfielder was considered as one of the best midfielders in world football, thanks in large part to the constant football recitals he offered in Europe. Xavisigned 151 matches in Champions, being one of the key axes in the four championships he got with FC Barcelona. Will you also succeed in the competition as a coach?
- February 5, 1985, Madeira, Portugal
168 games in the Champions League
A whole banner of this competition. Christian, in addition to having 168 appearances (They will be 169 with the match against Lyon), is the Top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 128 goals and the only one on the list who can still run away from Messi stalking in both classifications. Ronaldo also has raised five trophies: one with Manchester United (2008) and four with Real Madrid (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Now it’s time to make history with Juventus.
- May 20, 1981, Madrid, Spain
177 games in the Champions League
‘El Santo’ is the player with more appearances in the top European competition at club level. 177 games in total, with 150 for Real Madrid and 27 for Porto. Of those matches, in 59 matches Casillas didn’t score any goals. Without still having officially retired, it seems that your next challenge will be to run for the RFEF elections. They are also to highlight their three Champions, in 2000, 2002 and 2014.