It was an historic night for Iker Casillas in the Champions league yesterday as Porto’s 2-1 win over Club Brugge made him the all time record holder for the most matches won in Champions league, overtaking fellow former Spaniard, Xavi.
In this article thus, we examine the seven players with the most Champions league match wins in history.
7. Carles Puyol – 67 wins
The former Barcelona captain was a force of nature during his time as a Barcelona player, clearing everything that came his way and made sure the Catalan club achieved maximum success. Wherever he was asked to play across the back-line, Puyol duly delivered, the basic reason he won a whopping 67 matches in the Champions league.
6. Andres Iniesta – 71 wins
Another Barcelona player on the list, given the fact that they’ve won it five times in the last sixteen years. The mercurial midfielder was a key part of Barcelona’s football domination in all the years and does not look like fading away anytime soon as he would be looking to add to his number of wins in this seasons Champions league.
5. Ryan Giggs – 74 wins
The Manchester United legend was a key part of Manchester United’s domestic and European success in his years at the club and won a lot of matches on his way to winning two Champions league titles for the club. A natural winger that adds steel, bite to the team, something that has been missing in recent times.
4. Raul Gonzalez – 79 wins
The Real Madrid legend was a pivotal figure not just for Real Madrid but also for the footballing world for years and was the highest goalscorer in Champions league, only to be overtaken by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. His impact on football is definately not something that would ever be forgotten.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 81 wins
He is the Champions league all time highest goalscorer and has won it three times, something that is rear in an individual player but then, it is because of the number of matches he has won. He is definately on course to also become the player with the most wins if he keeps up his form for the club.
2. Xavi Hernandez – 91 wins
The mercurial midfielder is definately one of the greatest midfielder the world has ever seen. He alongside Iniesta were the key pivots in Barcelona’s success of the 20th and 21st century but every good thing must definately come to an end and the diminutive midfielder now plies his trade in Qatar.
1. Iker Casillas
The Spaniard has won everything that needs to be won at both country and club level and continues to go strong even at his age. He has been a vital part of Porto’s squad since joining them in 2014 and does not look like slowing down. He was also a focal part of Real Madrid’s European success over the years and now has the outright record for the most Champions league wins of any player in history.