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UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Iker Casillas breaks record for most Champions League wins

Sumedh Pande
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BRUGGE, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 18:  Iker Casillas of FC Porto celebrates his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Brugge KV and FC Porto at Jan Breydel Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Bruges, Belgium.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Casillas is now the player with the most victories since the inception of Champions League

FC Porto won 2-1 against Club Brugge in their Champions League encounter yesterday and a unique record was achieved by Porto's captain Iker Casillas on the way. The Spaniard veteran won his 92nd Champions League match in his illustrious career spanning over 16 years with Real Madrid and FC Porto.

Casillas has had an indifferent start to his career for the Portuguese giants but was magnificent yesterday as he helped his team to win it's first European game this season.

The 35-year-old had a dream start to his Real career as he won the Champions League in his first full season as a first team player in 1999-00. Madrid won the Champions League that season when they beat Valencia in the final as he also became the youngest goalkeeper to play as the custodian at 19 years and four days.

Casillas won three European major honours in his Madrid career during his sixteen-year career at the Bernabeu which made him a club legend and also earned the nickname 'Saint Iker' from the Real faithful.

The former Spain captain is still planning to play for at least two more years which will help his record of most Champions League increase to at least 100 wins. His main competition comes from his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who is 11 wins behind on 81. The Portuguese still has a few years left in his armoury and is the favourite to break Casillas' record in the near future.

Second on the list for the most Champions League wins is the former Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez with 91 wins. Next on the list, after Cristiano is another of Casillas' former teammates, Raul with 79 wins followed by the two-time Champions League winner Ryan Giggs with 74 victories. Andres Iniesta is next on the list with 71 wins followed by another Manchester United player, Paul Scholes with 69 wins while his former captain, Carles Puyol is next on the list with 67 victories to his name.

Following Scholes is the German defender Philip Lahm with 66 wins in his successful career for the Bavarians and is closely followed by Clarence Seedorf with 65 wins. The rival duo of Victor Valdes and Roberto Carlos come next with 64 wins each and like Iker Casillas, possess three Champions League titles each.

Casillas, meanwhile, has a glorious chance of securing his 93rd win in Europe as Porto again face Club Brugge on November 2.

Serial numberPlayerNumber of Champions League wins
1Iker Casillas92
2Xavi Hernandez91
3Cristiano Ronaldo81
4Raul Gonzalez79
5Ryan Giggs74
6Andres Iniesta71
7Paul Scholes69
8Carles Puyol67
9Philip Lahm66
10Seedorf Clarence65

Victor Valdes

Roberto Carlos

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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