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CRISTIANO RONALDO

Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 1200 games: who holds the record for most appearances?

Ronaldo is set to reach a new milestone in his illustrious career so far, with the Portuguese star reaching 1,200 matches.

Ronaldo is set to reach a new milestone in his illustrious career so far, with the Portuguese star reaching 1,200 matches.
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Saudi Arabia is about to witness Cristiano Ronaldo reach a new milestone in his long and illustrious career. Everything is ready in Riyadh to host Cristiano Ronaldo’s big party: his 1,200th professional match. The forward, now 38-years-old, joins a select list of players who have seen such longevity in the sport.

The King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, home of Al Nassr, has everything primed for the Portuguese star to celebrate with the yellow of Al-Nassr such a fantastically high number of matches played. The Saudi side’s opponents will be Al Riyadh on Friday, 8 December 2023, KO 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT., (a game you can watch for free).

Ronaldo set to break appearance barrier in Saudi Arabia

Luis Castro kept Cristiano on ice for the visit to Tajikistan in the AFC Champions League, mainly so that he was able to now celebrate 1,200 career appearances in front of his home fans. As far as the plans go, something very special is expected from his club to honour the huge acheivement.

A full house is expected at the stadium; 25,000 voices will shout Cristiano’s name in the run-up to the match and join the party prepared by Al-Nassr.

Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to 22 years in the elite; he made his debut on August 14, 2002 in the Champions League with Sporting CP. Over the years he has achieved numerous collective and individual sporting titles at the five teams in which he has scored a stunning number of goals: Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Al-Nassr, not forgetting the Portugal national team.

Ronaldo: games played and goals scored

  • Sporting Portugal: 31 games | 5 goals
  • Manchester United: 346 games | 145 goals
  • Real Madrid: 438 games | 450 goals
  • Juventus: 134 games | 101 goals
  • Al Nassr: 45 games | 38 goals
  • Portugal: 205 games | 129 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer, ahead of Karim Benzema and Raúl González.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid's all-time top goal scorer, ahead of Karim Benzema and Raúl González.FERNANDO ZUERASDiarioAS

How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored?

The striker is also close to his 900th goal. As of today, he has 868. Cristiano has plenty of time left in him and, at 38 years of age, his aim is to play at the top level until June 2025 at the least.

Which player holds the highest appearance record?

Cristiano is keeping the rest of the top appearance-makers in his sights, all of them goalkeepers. Englishman Peter Shilton (1,375) leads the way, followed by compatriot Paul Bastock (1,286) and Brazilians Rogério Ceni (1,237) and Fábio (1,212). Cristiano has no end.

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