Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Champions League record during Man Utd vs Villarreal

Manchester United'sCristiano Ronaldo has broken yet another Champions League record by being included in the starting line-up to face Villarreal.

His inclusion in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team brings up his 178th appearance in the competition and breaks the record he has shared with Iker Casillas for the last two weeks.

Ronaldo drew level with his former Real Madrid team-mate with his appearance in United's opening loss to Young Boys and now has the record all to himself.

Having made his debut in October 2003 as United lost 2-1 to Stuttgart, Ronaldo has played in the competition for both Real Madrid and Juventus since.

It took him over three and a half years to open his account in the Champions League when he scored in a 7-1 win over Roma in April 2007.

Tonight's appearance is his 54th in Europe's premier club competition for United and he has so far scored 16 goals in the competition for the club, including in the 2008 final against Chelsea.

He overtakes Casillas, who made 177 appearances for Real Madrid and Porto with 150 and 27 appearances for those teams, respectively.

For Real Madrid, with whom he won a further four Champions League titles, Ronaldo scored an astonishing 105 goals in just 101 matches.

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In his three seasons in Italy with Juventus, he added 23 appearances and scored 14 in the process.

The 36-year-old is also the all-time leading goal scorer in the Champions League having scored a total of 135 goals so far.

He leads his great rival Lionel Messi by 14 goals, who also sits in third on the appearances chart with 151 and level with Barcelona great Xavi.

In addition to his record number of appearances in the main draw of the Champions League, Ronaldo also scored once in four appearances in qualifying for Sporting Lisbon and United during the 2000s.

He will now hope to add to the goal he scored in the loss to Young Boys and kickstart United's European campaign as he chases 150 goals in the Champions League.

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