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Srna makes record 486th appearance for Shakhtar

Darijo Srna has played his 486th match for Shakhtar, breaking a 29-year-old club record on the same night as he moves further into the all-time top 20 in UEFA club competition.

Darijo Srna celebrates after converting from the spot
Darijo Srna celebrates after converting from the spot ©AFP/Getty Images

Darijo Srna has made his 486th appearance for Shakhtar against Braga this evening, breaking a club record that Mikhail Sokolovskiy has held for nearly three decades.

It is 13 years since the Croatian right-back arrived in Donetsk as a gauche 20-year-old, preceding coach Mircea Lucescu by ten months. He has been a fixture of the team ever since. Srna has collected eight league titles, five Ukrainian Cups, seven Ukrainian Super Cups and was key to their 2009 UEFA Cup win.

"He is the personification of today's Shakhtar," the usurped Sokolovskiy told Shakhtar's official website. "This is a team of European class, playing in the Champions League every year, boasting a great number of brilliant victories. Srna has been captaining them for many years now; the whole of Europe knows him."

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Srna's longevity at the top of the game is further underlined by the fact that the UEFA Europa League second leg against Braga is his 134th game in UEFA club competition. That lifts him into joint 18th place in the all-time list, alongside former France and Real Madrid great Claude Makélélé.

Paolo Maldini
Paolo Maldini©Getty Images

Most UEFA club competition games, qualifying included
1. 174 – Paolo Maldini
2. 173 Xavi Hernández
3. 165 Iker Casillas
4. 163 Clarence Seedorf
5. 161 Raúl González
6. 160 Javier Zanetti
7. 159 Ryan Giggs
8. 150 Jamie Carragher
9. 144 Roberto Carlos
10. 143 Andriy Shevchenko
11. 142 Oliver Kahn
11. 142 Luís Figo
11. 142 Olexandr Shovkovskiy
14. 139 Gianluigi Buffon
14. 139 Thierry Henry
14. 139 Andrea Pirlo
17. 137 Paul Scholes
18. 134 Claude Makélélé
18. 134 Darijo Srna

Darijo Srna at his unveiling 13 years ago
Darijo Srna at his unveiling 13 years ago©UEFA.com