Veteran Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United striker, has become the most participating player in the history of the Champions League in terms of the number of minutes participating in the tournament, surpassing the number of former Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, his colleague in Real Madrid.
Ronaldo is currently participating in his team’s match against the Spanish team Atlético Madrid, where the latter excels with a goal for free, in the decisive confrontation currently being held between them at the “Old Trafford” stadium, in the second leg of the sixteenth round of the European Champions League.
According to the global network “Opta”, Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Iker Casillas as the most played minutes in the history of the Champions League, after the 57th minute of the match.
Iker Casillas has 15,908 minutes to play, and Ronaldo has surpassed this number during the current match.
The two teams are seeking to win to qualify for the quarter-finals, especially since the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw between them.
Manchester United is playing the Atletico Madrid match with very high spirits, after achieving a valuable victory over Tottenham by three goals to two in the last round of the English Premier League, which pushed the Red Devils to fifth place in the Premier League table with 50 points from 14 victories, 7 defeats and 8 draws.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid is experiencing its best technical period in terms of results, after winning the past four rounds of the Spanish League, the last of which was its 2-1 victory over Cadiz, and from here it seeks to snatch the boarding card from among the fangs of the Red Devils in his home and among his fans.
Al-Rukhi Blancos is in fourth place in the La Liga standings with 51 points from 15 wins, 7 defeats and 6 draws, with a goal difference from Barcelona, which is in third place, which has a postponed match.