John Toshack handed Iker Casillas his Champions League debut back in February of 1999, and Tuesday evening’s clash between Porto and Roma saw the former Real Madrid stopper extend his career in Europe’s premier club competition.
On a difficult night for the Portuguese champions, it was Casillas who kept the score down at the Stadio Olimpico with two fantastic saves from point-blank range.
The Spanish international has become the undisputed record holder in a number of categories over the past two decades.
Iker Casillas in the #UCL:
Record 20th season
Record 174 appearances
Most clean sheets in history
2nd player to reach 100 wins
? UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2019
No player has taken part in more editions of the Champions League than the 20 of Casillas, of which he has reached the knockout phase in all but one season.
His 174 matches – 150 came with Los Merengues and 24 with Porto – is a competition record, whilst he has 59 clean sheets over the course of his continental career.
No goalkeeper has won more European Cups than Casillas, with his haul of three seeing him stand level with Keylor Navas, Juan Alonso, Ray Clemence, Sepp Maier, Heinz Stuy and Victor Valdes.
Finally, Los Blancos’ triumph over Valencia in 2000 was a landmark occasion for Casillas as he lifted the trophy at the tender age of just 19 years and four days.
Whilst there have been other teenage winners of competition, the Real Madrid academy graduate remains the youngest in his position to ever get his hands on the famous trophy.
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