UEFA reacts as Cristiano Ronaldo set two Champions League records
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks another Champions League record on Wednesday evening.
The 36-year-old will become the player to have played the most games in the Champions League, with 178.
Barring a late surprise, Ronaldo will make his 178th appearance in the competition for Manchester United against Villarreal
However, overtake Iker Casillas’ 177.
He has already surpassed Xavi Hernandez’s 157, Raul Gonzalez’s 142 and has more than Lionel Messi’s 149.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo (36y 236d) is the second oldest Man Utd player to score a goal in European competition at Old Trafford after Bryan Robson (36y 282d) vs Galatasaray in 1993.
Meanwhile, that was Ronaldo’s 12th career UCL goal in the 90th minute or later, double any other player in the competition’s history.
First UCL home match for Man Utd in 12 years
Breaks all-time UCL appearances record
Makes 900th club career appearance
Scores 95th minute winner
Already Champions League’s top scorer
Ronaldo is also the competition’s top goal-scorer on 135 goals
But he has never scored against Villarreal as a United player despite boasting a good record against them with Real Madrid.
He played against the Spanish side four times in his previous spell with the Red Devils.
Geronimo Rulli will also see this as a challenge
having conceded six times in three matches against him while he was at Real Sociedad and Ronaldo was with Real Madrid.
Since returning to Manchester United, Ronaldo has scored three Premier League goals and another in the Champions League, although he couldn’t help United avoid defeat against Young Boys.