With his start in Porto's Champions League match against Juventus, Iker Casillas set another European record. With 175 appearances in UEFA competitions, the Porto keeper passes Paolo Maldini on the all-time list and has now played in more Europan matches than anyone ever.
Here's a look back at the longtime Real Madrid keeper's biggest career moments in UEFA tournaments:
First Champions League win
At just 18 years old, Casillas got his first taste of the Champions League. He played in a 3-3 draw against Olympiacos earlier in September 1999, but earned his first win one match later. The academy product started at the Santiago Bernabeu against Molde in a group stage game, helping the club cruise to a victory. He wasn't able to keep a clean sheet in the 4-1 win, but he did get his first win in the prestigious tournament.
Reaching the summit early
The faith showed to Casillas earlier in the 1999/2000 Champions League season paid dividends down the road. Just days after his 19th birthday, Casillas found himself in between the posts for Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Valencia. Age was of no concern for Casillas, as he helped guide the Merengues to their eighth European title with a 3-0 win against Valencia in the final.
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Coming through in the clutch
A string of poor performances saw Casillas lose his spot in the Real Madrid starting XI to Cesar Sanchez, but the goalkeeper remained ready when called upon. In Glasgow at the Champions League final in 2002, Sanchez came off injured in the 68th minute. Hanging onto a 2-1 lead, Casillas stepped in and made sure to keep attack-minded Bayer Leverkusen at bay. He succeeded, and Real Madrid won their ninth Champions League title.
Getting the armband
By then a fixture in Real Madrid's lineup, Casillas earned himself a new honor with Real Madrid in 2010. Following the departures of Raul and Guti, Los Blancos needed a new hierarchy of captaincy. The longtime net-minder earned the distinction of being named first captain, an honor he'd carry until his departure five years later.
A 10th Champions League title long eluded Real Madrid even since they won their ninth in 2002. They'd finally get over that hump and win "La Decima" in 2014. Of course, Casillas captained them in the final against crosstown rivals Atletico in the 4-1 victory. The scoreline belies the drama of the match, however. Atletico looked to be on their way to a 1-0 win until a Sergio Ramos goal in stoppage time forced extra time. Real Madrid would run away with the final in the extra period, but Casillas stepped up to make two saves in the bonus period. Finally, Madrid had their 10th Champions League trophy.
One more trophy
Though surely not as prestigious as the Champions League, a trophy is a trophy. After winning their first UEFA Super Cup trophy in 2002, Casillas lifted another following their Decima triumph. It would be the last trophy Casillas would lift with Real Madrid at a UEFA-sanctioned event.
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Last appearance with Real Madrid
Casillas wasn't able to add a fourth Champions League title to his trophy case with Real Madrid, unfortunately. His final appearance in the competition with Los Blancos came in a draw at home in the semifinals against Juventus. The Old Lady won the first leg of the semi, 2-1, leaving Real Madrid eliminated after their 1-1 draw. While certainly not a career highlight, it would mark Casillas' last appearance in a Real Madrid kit in the Champions League.