On Tuesday night, Lionel Messi went level with Ryan Giggs on 142 appearances in the Champions League and climbed into the top echelons.
In so doing, he joined the top five all-time list of footballers to have played the most matches in Europe's elite club competition.
Messi's long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo sits second, while recently-retired Real Madrid and Spain legend Iker Casillas is at the top of the tree.
🐐 All-time Champions League appearances
- 🇪🇸 Iker Casillas: 177
- 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo:168*
- 🇪🇸 Xavi: 151
- 🇪🇸 Raúl: 142
- 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi: 141*
- 🏴 Ryan Giggs: 141
Messi's next focus is another instalment of El Clásico as he takes his Barcelona side to Real Madrid's Bernabeu in a top of the table LaLiga clash. After that, he'll prepare for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Napoli, which is delicately-poised at 1-1. By appearing in that fixture, Messi will go level with Los Blancos icon Raul in the appearances stakes.
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