Cristiano Ronaldo is setting his sights on three new Champions League records this season as he continues to rewrite the history books. The Portuguese has gone as far as delivering that masterclass campaign that led Manchester United to Champions League glory in 2007/08, which was the first time he won the competition.
Since then, Ronaldo has built a legacy like no one else in the prestigious competition, including inspiring Real Madrid to four titles that span three in a row. Along the line, the Juventus ace has smashed countless records and also holds the record of the highest goalscorer in the competition’s history on 131 goals.
So, as he continues to write his name in the history books, let’s quickly glance through three of the Champions League records the superstar can add to his tally this season.
3 Champions League Record Ronaldo Can Break This Season
As the 35-year-old forward appears not to be done with breaking and setting new records, here are the three new Champions League records he could add to his ranks this season.
1. Most Appearances In The Competition
Ronaldo, who is currently the all-time Champions League record goalscorer will make his 173rd Champions League appearance (including qualifiers) if he features for Juventus against Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night.
Should Ronaldo make an appearance in this tie, he will move to within just four matches of equaling former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas’ record of 177 appearances in the competition. That is to say if Juventus make it to at least the quarter-finals in the competition this season, and Ronaldo features in all those games, definitely, the record will be his.
2. Champions League Hat-trick Record
Cristiano Ronaldo has a chance to pull clear from his eternal rival Lionel Messi on the Champions League hat-trick bragging rights this season. Ronaldo and Messi are currently tied on a record eight hat-tricks after Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics against Atletico Madrid in March 2019 brought them level on numbers.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Atletico in 2019 was his first and only Champions League hat-trick for Juventus till day. Not only that, but it also made him the 11th player in the competition’s history to score three goals in one game for two different clubs after he achieved the feat with Real Madrid.
3. First Play to Win Six Titles In The Champions League Era
Cristiano Ronaldo is a star of five Champions League honour he won with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Enroute to those titles, his sheer consistency was remarkable as he contributed countless decisive goals in each campaign.
Moreover, Juventus’ major aim of signing Ronaldo in the summer of 2018 is for the experienced Champions League star to steer them to glory in the competition after 24 years wait.
Therefore, if Ronaldo can pull off the challenge, he will go level with fellow Real Madrid legend Pace Gento on a record six European titles. At the same time, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can become the first player in the Champions League era to win the competition on six occasions.
With these records, there will be little questions left to who’s the greatest player in Champions League other than Cristiano Ronaldo!
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