Cristiano Ronaldo equals Champions League record in just second Man Utd game since return with stunning appearance stat

CRISTIANO RONALDO will match Iker Casillas’ Champions League appearance record when he plays for Manchester United today.

The Portuguese superstar, 36, has been thrust into the starting XI for United’s first group stage game against Swiss side Young Boys, having only made his second ‘debut’ at the weekend.

And the match marks Ronaldo’s 177th Champions League appearance – matching the record held by Real Madrid legend Casillas.

Ronnie already holds the record for most Champions League goals, netting 134 times in the competition.

And he is now just one game away from becoming the outright record holder for appearances too.

It will be yet another personal success for Ronaldo, who only this month became the all-time leading international goalscorer with Portugal.

Ronaldo rejoined United on transfer deadline day from Juventus in a stunning move.

And he made his first Red Devils appearance since 2009 in Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle, scoring twice in front of a jubilant Old Trafford crowd.

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