Iker Casillas matches 150 Champions League appearance record of Xavi Hernandez

Iker Casillas

The Real Madrid goalkeeper and Barcelona midfielder have made more all-time Champions League appearances, than any other players.

The outcome of the semi-final second-leg against Juventus, is perhaps one Iker Casillas will want to forget, but all the same, he did reach an impressive personal milestone.

Wednesday's game at the Bernabeu represented his 150th Champions League appearance, which drew him level with Barcelona star, Xavi Hernandez, at the top of the all-time appearances list, in the elite European competition.

Without including qualifying round games, the Spanish pair are ahead of former Bernabeu favourite, Raul Gonzalez, who made a total of 142 appearances with Real Madrid and Schalke 04.

Fourth on the all-time list of Champions League appearances, is Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs, who made 137 appearances. The Welshman made a total of 145 outings in the competition, when qualifying round matches are included.

Interestingly, Casillas was handed his very first Champions League outing by another Welshman, John Toshack, when Real Madrid battled to a 3-3 draw in Greece against Olympiacos, in 1999.

Within his total of 150 appearances, Casillas has conceded 167 goals, but has also lifted the Champions League trophy on three occasions. The first two were close together, in 2000 and 2002, but they were followed by the long wait until 2014, with last year's victory against Atletico Madrid.

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