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Who has made the most UEFA club competition appearances?

Cristiano Ronaldo is now up to second place in the all-time list, behind only Iker Casillas.

Iker Casillas has made the most UEFA club competition appearances
Iker Casillas has made the most UEFA club competition appearances Getty Images

All-time UEFA club competition appearances*

188: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
186: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
178: Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli, Bayern München, AC Milan, Lazio)
174: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
173: Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
167: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain)
163: Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale Milano, AC Milan)
161: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
160: Javier Zanetti (Internazionale Milano)
159: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
155: Dani Alves (Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain)
155: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain)
150: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)

Who will take Iker Casillas' record?

Casillas career highlights
Casillas career highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo is closing fast on the now-retired Iker Casillas, having already broken his record for UEFA Champions League appearances when he contested his 178th game in the competition against Villarreal.

The 150+ club is made up of three goalkeepers, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. Aside from Ronaldo, the other front men to feature are Messi, who got there in November 2020, and Raúl González, a long-time talisman at the Santiago Bernabéu whose final campaign in the Spanish capital (2009/10) crossed over with Ronaldo's first.

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup. Clubs listed are those for whom a player has appeared in UEFA competition.