Is there anything that can separate Cristiano Ronaldo and records? The new Manchester United recruits who rejoined the club from Juventus towards the end of the Summer transfer window was at it again on Tuesday evening against Young boys.
The five times World footballer of the year who has proven himself to be a Champions League specialist scored United’s opener in the 13th minutes, against the Swiss side, to record his 135th goal in the competition and equalling Lionel Messi’s record in the process.
Ahead of the encounter, Cristiano Ronaldo had two records in sight to equal and after being named in the starting line up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he equalled a record set by his former Real Madrid teammate, Iker Casillas for number of appearances made in the UEFA Champions League. Before today’s encounter, Ronaldo had made 176 appearances in the UCL and by featuring from the start against Young boys, it means Cristiano Ronaldo has now made 177 appearances in the competition, equalling the Spanish goalkeeper’s record in the process.
With just 13minutes into the encounter, Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock for United from a Bruno Fernandes’ assist and with that goal, it means Ronaldo has now scored against 36 different opponents in the history of the competition. The only player to have achieved that before now is Lionel Messi, which means Ronaldo has equalled yet another Messi’s record.
Although Manchester United have been reduced to ten men, after fullback, Aaron Wan Bissaka was shown a straight red card in the 35th minutes, but they are still maintaining their one goal lead.