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Cristiano Ronaldo scores again for Man Utd as he equals Champions League record

Cristiano Ronaldo was back at it again just three days after enjoying his dream second debut for Manchester United, scoring another goal on a night where he further etched his name into Champions League folklore.

The 36-year-old returned to the club at which he spent six trophy-laden years between 2003 and 2009 earlier this summer and picked up where he left off on Saturday, scoring twice in a 4-1 win over Newcastle.

Despite his exertions at the weekend, Ronaldo was selected to start against Young Boys by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ensuring he drew level with his former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas as the competition’s record appearance maker.

Most Champions League appearances

177 Cristiano Ronaldo (2003–)
177 Iker Casillas (1999–2019)
151 Xavi Hernández (1998–2015)
149 Lionel Messi (2004–)
142 Raúl González (1995–2011)
141 Ryan Giggs (1993–2014)

And Ronaldo, typically marked his 117th game in Europe’s elite club competition by scoring the opening goal of the match in the 13th minute, latching onto Bruno Fernandes’ superb cross with the outside of his right boot and arriving bang on time to prod the ball through the legs of David von Ballmoos.

Barring an injury, Ronaldo, who is already the leading scorer in the competition, will break the record during the group stages, potentially in United’s next match against Villarreal later this month.

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