Ronaldo makes 150th Champions League appearance

Cristiano Ronaldo has become only the third player to make 150 UEFA Champions League appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his crucial late goal for Madrid on his 150th UEFA Champions League appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his crucial late goal for Madrid on his 150th UEFA Champions League appearance ©Getty Images

Champions League appearances (group stage to final)

167 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 150, Porto 17)
151 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
150 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United 52, Real Madrid 98)

Cristiano Ronaldo made his 150th UEFA Champions League appearance in Real Madrid's quarter-final second leg against Juventus.

Ronaldo's debut in the competition proper – he previously appeared for 32 minutes of a 2002 qualifier for Sporting CP – came on 1 October 2003 in Manchester United's 2-1 group stage defeat by Stuttgart. He went on to rack up 52 appearances for the Red Devils, lifting the trophy in 2008, and has since amassed 98 in Real Madrid colours, claiming three titles.

2005-2017: Ronaldo's European goals
2005-2017: Ronaldo's European goals

The forward's four UEFA Champions League final wins are a record he shares with Andrés Iniesta and Clarence Seedorf, and there are plenty of other marks he holds outright, including his unmatched tally of 119 goals.

We examine who is still ahead of Ronaldo in the all-time list of appearance makers and break down his current haul of records.

Ronaldo's 150 #UCL appearances

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Most frequent opponents

Club: Lyon 10
Player: Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan/Juventus) 10

Favourite opponents

Club
Most wins against: Ajax/Lyon/Roma 5
Most goals against: Juventus 10
Player
Most wins against: Toby Alderweireld (Ajax/Atlético Madrid/Tottenham Hotspur) 6
Most goals against (GK only): Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Manuel Neuer (Bayern München)/Johan Wiland (København/Malmö) 9

Five great Ronaldo free-kicks
Five great Ronaldo free-kicks

UEFA Champions League – most appearances (group stage to final)

167 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 150, Porto 17)
151 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
150 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United 52, Real Madrid 98)
142 Raúl González (Real Madrid 130, Schalke 12)
141 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
130 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
125 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
125 Clarence Seedorf (Ajax 11, Real Madrid 25, AC Milan 89)
124 Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
120 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax 19, Juventus 19, Internazionale Milano 22, Barcelona 10, AC Milan 16, Paris Saint-Germain 33, Manchester United 1)
120 Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid 107, Fenerbahçe 13)

European Cup – most appearances (all matches)

171 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
157 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
154 Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
151 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
144 Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
140 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
133 Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
131 Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
130 Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
128 Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)

Seven from CR7: Stunning Ronaldo goals
Seven from CR7: Stunning Ronaldo goals

UEFA club competitions – most appearances

178 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
174 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
173 Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
165 Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli, Bayern München)
163 Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, AC Milan)
161 Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
160 Javier Zanetti (Internazionale Milano)
159 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
159 Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)*
158 Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

Ronaldo's records

Club/Individual

  • Most UEFA club competition goals: 123
  • Most UEFA Champions League goals: 120
  • Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season: 17 (2013/14)
  • Most UEFA Champions League final wins: 4 (joint with Andrés Iniesta and Clarence Seedorf)
  • Only player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals
  • Only player to score in 11 straight UEFA Champions League games
  • Most Real Madrid goals: 446
  • Most ESM Golden Shoe awards: 4 (joint with Lionel Messi)
  • Most UEFA Club Footballer/Best Player/Men's Player awards: 4
  • Most Ballon d'Or awards: 5 (joint with Lionel Messi)
  • Most FIFA best player awards: 5 (joint with Lionel Messi)
  • Most appearances in UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 12 (2004, 2007–2017)
Watch all of his European Qualifiers goals
Watch all of his European Qualifiers goals

National team

  • Most EURO finals appearances: 21
  • Most EURO finals goals: 9 (level with Michel Platini)
  • Most EURO final tournaments scored in: 4
  • Only player to score three goals in multiple EUROs
  • Most EURO goals including qualifying: 29
  • Most goals in UEFA EURO and European FIFA World Cup qualifiers: 50
  • Most Portugal caps: 147
  • Most Portugal goals: 79

Top scorers in all UEFA competitions (men's/women's/club/national team/youth/futsal/amateur)*

1 Cristiano Ronaldo 158
2 Raúl González 107
3 Lionel Messi 103 (next non-European is Sergio Agüero on 53)
4 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 91
5 Andriy Shevchenko 90
6 Zlatan Ibrahimović 87
7 Filippo Inzaghi 86
8 Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir 84
9 Thierry Henry 81
10 Ricardinho (futsal) 79

*Competitions comprise: UEFA European Championship, UEFA Champions League/European Cup, UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Women's EURO, UEFA Women's Cup/UEFA Women's Champions League, UEFA Women's Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 Championships, UEFA Futsal Cup, UEFA Futsal EURO, UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup, UEFA Regions' Cup, UEFA European Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-21 and Under-23 Championships, UEFA European Under-21 Futsal Tournament, UEFA Under-18 Champions League, UEFA Youth League, European/South American Cup

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