THE BALL – 20 years later, the Champions League starts without the record of games, goals and assists (Champions League)

This September 6 marks the start of the 2022/23 edition of the Champions League. The 32-team competition brings together some of the biggest names in world football, but there is one absence that stands out.

For the first time since 2002/03, when he represented Sporting, Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in millionaire essay. Contractually linked to Manchester United, the 37-year-old striker saw the red devils sixth in the Premier League and as such will step down for the Europa League.

It’s not just an absence, as he is the player with the most appearances (183), the most goals (140) and the most assists (42) in the competition. He is still one of the players with the most goals in the competition, five, surpassed only by the Spaniard Paco Gento, with six in the service of Real Madrid.

The one watching these records is Lionel Messi, who appears behind CR7 with 156 games and 125 goals and 36 assists, and will play this edition for PSG.

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