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CR7 equals another record with appearance against Young Boys
Manchester United get their Champions League campaign underway with a trip to Switzerland to take on Young Boys this evening. With a strong squad named, Cristiano Ronaldo was among those in the starting line up, along with a rare start for outcast Donny Van de Beek.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2021
Now, after being named in the starting XI vs Young Boys, CR7 has matched a Champions League record.
As per Opta, Ronaldo has made his 177th UEFA Champions League appearance, equalling Iker Casillas as the player with the most appearances in the competition’s history:
177 – Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his 177th UEFA Champions League appearance, equalling Iker Casillas as the player the with the most appearances in the competition’s history. Staple. pic.twitter.com/mGgoZX14Hq
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 14, 2021
And indeed, it was Cristiano Ronaldo that opened the scoring in the opening minutes, firing home after a sublime pass from fellow Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes.
Ronaldo scores the first goal of the Champions League season @brfootball
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2021
Ronaldo shows class by checking on Steward caught with stray ball
Before the game even kicked off, however, CR7 demonstrated his class as a player.
In the warm-up, a steward was hit with a stray ball that left him floored. First player on the scene? None other than Cristiano himself.
— SPORF (@Sporf) September 14, 2021
With the legend back in Manchester, he will be ensuring that standards don’t slip at Old Trafford, and only a brave man would bet against the Red Devils bringing some form of silverware back to the Theatre of Dreams this season.