10 players with the most Champions League appearances
151 appearances for Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League and no sign of Messi in the top 10, who else is a part of this star-studded list?
There's a different charm in being a part of Europe's biggest footballing stage - the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Be it locking horns with the best that the footballing world has to offer or to simply win that elusive gleaming cup considered as club-level football's Holy Grail, the tournament of the European elite has seen stars and legends vying to make this competition their own, by regularly switching teams just to be a part of it.
While there are players who have played bit-part but memorable roles in this 63-year old competition, there are those who have played season after season with the sole intention of becoming the kings of Europe.
One such ambitious star just competed in his 151st Champions League match, but he still remains a long way off from becoming the all-time highest appearance-maker in this battle of European champions.
So, do you know the names of these 10 iconic legends who have made Europe's premier competition their own by racking up the highest appearances?
#10 Andrés Iniesta
Appearances: 128 (still playing)
Goals scored: 11
Trophies won: 4 (2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15)
Teams played for in Champions League: FC Barcelona.
The ever-dependable captain of the La Liga leaders graduated from their famed La Masia Academy and has recently signed a lifetime contract, effectively keeping him with the club for the remainder of his career.
In a Barcelona career spanning 16 years and running, Iniesta has played in 128 matches in the competition, the highlight being lifting the prestigious Champions League Trophy four times.