Champions League: Records that might get broken this season
The UEFA Champions League 2019-20 season started on Tuesday in a dramatic fashion. One hopes to witness another season of dramatic football in store for the fans around the globe. Like every season, this term too could see many records be scripted. Several records will also make way for new ones. Here we discuss the records that can be broken this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has pocketed five Champions League trophies in an illustrious career. The veteran Portuguese managed to win four UCL trophies with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United. The Juventus forward will ve vying for a sixth honor. If Juve win the tournament, Ronaldo will equal former Real legend Paco Gento for the most times a player has lifted the trophy.
Defending champions Liverpool have won six Champions League trophies. If Jurgen Klopp's men defend the title this season, it will see them equal AC Milan's tally of seven and help them be the joint-second highest UCL trophy winners. Bayern Munich are five wins away from registering 200 Champions League wins and be only the second club to do so after Real Madrid.
Bayern have 19 UCL semi-final appearances. If the German champions make the last-four cut this season, then they will become only the second club to notch 20-plus semi-final appearances after Real. Robert Lewandowski has amassed 53 Champions League goals. He needs four more to get past Ruud van Nistelrooy and become the fifth highest goal-scorer in the competition.
Karim Benzema (48) needs two more goals to register the mark of 50. He is line to become the fourth player to have scored 50-plus UCL goals for one single club. He can also become the third Real player to achieve this mark. The last 12 seasons have seen Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominate the goal-scoring record. This could be the 13th consecutive season.