Ronaldo to equal all-time UCL record?

English Premier League

With the UEFA Champions League set to return today, Cristiano Ronaldo could equal an all-time competition record if he features in Manchester United's clash with Young Boys this evening. 

The Red Devils have departed for Switzerland ahead of their opening 2021/22 fixture in the prestigious European tournament, and the Portuguese forward could once again etch his name into the history books.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see the players who have featured in the most games in the UCL/European Cup from 1955 to 2021, per statista.com 

According to UEFA's official website, the 36-year-old already holds 11 competition records, including the tournament's all-time top goalscorer and the player with the most UCL title wins.  

If the veteran steps on to the pitch against Young Boys, he will equal the all-time UCL appearance record – Ronaldo is currently on 180 matches in the tournament, just behind record-holder, and his former Real Madrid teammate, Iker Casillas, who featured 181 times in the showpiece.   

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Ronaldo had a record-breaking second debut for the Red Devils, scoring a brace against Newcastle United on Saturday and setting a new Premier League record for the longest gap between league appearances (12 years, 118 days). 

United announced their 22-man travelling squad on Monday, and will be hoping for a successful 2021/22 campaign in Europe after suffering an early exit at the 2020/21 UCL group stage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team are in Group F with Young Boys, Villarreal and Atalanta.  

Here are the 10 all-time leading goalscorers in UCL history, per UEFA 

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