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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.

Ole has named his first side of our 2021/22 #UCL campaign #MUFC

— 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

(via @CBSSportsGolazo) pic.twitter.com/qSv9Ct9HP8

— 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.

❤️ @Cristiano checks on a steward after they were hit by a ball during the @ManUtd warm-up. pic.twitter.com/9wHhOZU7RA

— 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.

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