- Ronaldo achieved yet another milestone becoming the all-time Champions League appearance record
- The forward featured for Man United against Villarreal in what was his 178th appearance in the European competition
- The appearance broke Iker Casillas's record of 177 which the Portuguese equalled when he faced Young Boys earlier in September
- Ronaldo ensured his record-breaking night is more memorable by scoring a dramatic late winner to inspire United to victory
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Cristiano Ronaldo is now the all-time record holder for most Champions League appearances in the history of the competition.
Ronaldo formed part of Man United's starting lineup as the Red Devils battled Villarreal in their second Group F encounter on Wednesday, September 29.
The appearance was the forward's 178th in the competition, putting him one ahead of former Real Madrid teammate, Iker Casillas in the all-time list.
Ronaldo equalled Casillas's record when he started in United's group stage opener against Young Boys.
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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner found the back of the net against the Swiss side to equal another record - joining rival Lionel Messi as the only two players who have scored 36 different clubs in the Champions League.
While the Red Devils lost that clash against Young Boys, he ensured his record-breaking appearance against Villarreal was more memorable as he scored a dramatic late winner to hand his three crucial points.
Ronaldo is no stranger to setting Champions League records as he already boasts of several others.
Key among them include him being the tournament's all-time top scorer with 136 goals.
The tally puts him 15 goals ahead of rival Messi who has 121 to his name having found the back of the net for Paris Saint-Germain against Man City on Tuesday.
Ronaldo sends fans message
Earlier, reported Cristiano Ronaldo had underscored his desire to help Man United to secure more victories.
The forward scored a last-gasp winner against Villarreal to inspire the Red Devils to a vital 2-1 win.
Ronaldo noted the crucial role he played in the victory is the exact reason he returned to United in the summer.