BY approaching for Manchester United in opposition to Basel, Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke a Champions League file.
The long-lasting Swede grew to become the primary and solely participant to characterize seven completely different sides in Europe’s elite membership competitors.
Throughout his profession, Ibrahimovic has performed for Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Ajax, in addition to United.
And impressed by Zlatan, our mates at Soccer Whispers took a have a look at another well-known and never so well-known Champions League file holders.
Most appearances: Iker Casillas
Now 36, the legendary keeper has performed 166 instances within the Champions League for Actual Madrid and Porto.
With the Spanish giants, he lifted the trophy thrice, in 2000, 2002 and eventually with their long-awaited Decima, the tenth win, in 2014.
The Spaniard additionally holds the file for essentially the most clear sheets within the competitors with 55.
Main scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
For a lot of, Leo Messi is the best participant of all time, however he lags behind his biggest rival by way of Champions League objectives.
The Portuguese ahead has a powerful 113 in 145 video games, the Barcelona legend has 97 in 120 matches.
Sixteen of Ronaldo’s Champions League objectives had been for Manchester United, whereas the remaining had been for Actual Madrid.
Most objectives in a single season: Cristiano Ronaldo
Maybe provided that no-one has managed extra objectives than Ronaldo, it’s no shock that he additionally has scored essentially the most in a single season.
In Actual Madrid’s profitable Decima marketing campaign in 2013/14, CR7 performed an enormous function, scoring 17 all through the competitors, together with one within the last as Los Blancos lifted the trophy.
When Actual received the trophy once more in 2015/16, Ronaldo netted 16 instances, that means he takes second place within the listing too.
Youngest participant: Celestine Babayaro
Babayaro’s Champions League debut for Anderlecht aged 16 years and 87 days in November 1994 was one to overlook for the left-back, regardless of him turning into the youngest participant within the competitors.
His introduction to continental soccer in opposition to Steaua Bucharest lasted simply 37 minutes, earlier than he was despatched off, which additionally makes him the youngest participant to be dismissed within the match.
Babayaro joined Chelsea when he was 18 and went on to make greater than 130 appearances for the Blues in seven years at Stamford Bridge earlier than strikes to Newcastle United and LA Galaxy.
Oldest participant: Marco Ballotta
Lazio had been the 11th membership Ballotta represented and the goalkeeper made his record-breaking look for the Serie A facet in opposition to Actual Madrid in December 2007, aged 43 years and 253 days.
Impressively he really performed each certainly one of their Champions League group video games that season.
That season additionally noticed Ballotta earn the honour of being the oldest participant to play in Serie A sport – on the age of 44 years and 38 days.
He retired in summer time 2008, earlier than briefly reappearing, bizarrely, as a striker for decrease league Calcara Samoggia the next season.
Youngest participant to attain: Peter Ofori-Quaye
The Ghanaian was simply 17 years and 195 days outdated when he discovered the again of the online for Olympiacos in opposition to Rosenborg in October 1997.
And that wasn’t even the largest shock – he was enjoying top-flight soccer with Kalamata in Greece aged simply 15, which attracted him to Olympiacos aged 17, for a then membership file charge of £3million.
He spent six years with Olympiacos earlier than returning to Ghana with Liberty Professionals.
Oldest participant to attain: Francesco Totti
At 38 years and 59 days, the Roma legend beat his personal file when he scored a free-kick in opposition to CSKA Moscow in November 2014.
He’d beforehand turn out to be the oldest participant to attain within the Champions League along with his aim in opposition to Manchester Metropolis the earlier September.
He additionally grew to become the oldest participant to attain immediately from a free-kick – beating Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs by almost three years.
Solely participant to win the Champions League with three completely different golf equipment: Clarence Seedorf
The Dutch midfielder first lifted the trophy with Ajax in 1995, earlier than repeating the feat with Actual Madrid in 1998.
He then was a part of two extra victorious AC Milan sides, each in 2003 and 2007. The one membership he performed for within the competitors that he didn’t win it with was Inter Milan.
Most sendings-off: Edgar Davids and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Dutchman and the Swede share the file for many sendings off, with 4 every.
Ibrahimovic has been proven two straight reds whereas Davids’ 4 dismissals had been all for 2 yellows at Juventus.
The now Manchester United ahead was despatched off twice for Paris Saint-Germain, as soon as for Juventus and as soon as for Inter.
Most yellow playing cards: Paul Scholes
The previous Manchester United midfielder had a fame for being a poor tackler, so it’s maybe no shock he acquired 32 yellow playing cards within the Champions League.
Essentially the most notable was within the semi-final in opposition to Juventus in 1999, which meant he missed the well-known win over Bayern Munich within the last which clinched the Purple Devils’ treble.