Former Chelsea and Manchester United stars make the most Champions League appearances list as Giggs breaks record

The Welshman has become the most common face in the top tier of Europe. Ryan Giggs’ substitute appearance for Manchester...

The Welshman has become the most common face in the top tier of Europe.

Ryan Giggs’ substitute appearance for Manchester United against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, saw the midfielder become the player with the most games in the competition.

The Welshman goes one ahead of Real Madrid legend Raul with an incredible 145 appearances in the top tier of European football – although that statistic does involve qualifying matches.

Here are the top 10 players with the most appearances in the tournament.

10. Andriy Shevchenko

Clubs: Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan, Chelsea.

Appearances: 106.

Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan

The Ukrainian striker had a mixed time in the competition, helping Milan to victory over Juventus in the final on penalties in 2003, but also missing the decisive spot-kick in 2005′s loss to Liverpool.

9. Carles Puyol

Clubs: Barcelona.

Appearances: 116.

Carles Puyol Barcelona

Puyol has been a stalwart for Barca for several years, picking up the trophy three times as a player, although has slowed down now the defender is in the twilight years of the Spaniard’s career.

8. Roberto Carlos

Clubs: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce.

Appearances: 128.

Roberto Carlos Real Madrid

Considered to be one of the best left-backs to have ever played the game, Carlos won the Champions League three times whilst with Los Blancos.

7. Clarence Seedorf

Clubs: Ajax, Real Madrid, AC Milan.

Clarence Seedorf AC Milan

The Dutchman is the only player in Champions League history to win the trophy with three different clubs.

6. Iker Casillas

Clubs: Real Madrid.

Appearances: 130.

Iker Casillas Real Madrid

The Madrid captain has more appearances than any other goalkeeper and as the 32-year-old is still playing, could well work a lot further up this list.

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