Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo once claimed the Champions League should be renamed 'The CR7 Champions League'

By Amreen
Ronaldo once claimed the Champions League should be named after him
Ronaldo once claimed the Champions League should be named after him / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo once claimed that the Champions League should be renamed to 'The CR7 Champions League' because of his record in the competition.

During Manchester United's midweek Champions League game against Villarreal, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner made history by making a record 178th appearance, overtaking former Real Madrid teammate, Iker Casillas.

With scores level heading towards to full-time, Ronaldo stepped up again to score a last-grasp winner for United at Old Trafford. And his contribution yet again was reminiscient of his comments made in 2018 regarding his impact on the UCL.

"Who was top scorer again? The Champions League should change its name and call itself the CR7 Champions League," he said in May 2018. "I've won five, top scorer again, I can't be unhappy at that."

The 36-year-old has scored more Champions League goals in the history of the competition - 136, and is the only player to score in three finals - once with United and twice with Real Madrid.

And Thierry Henry, who is Arsenal's all-time goal-scorer, believes Ronaldo's record speaks for himself. "You have to give this guy a lot of credit, why? Because simply what he has done with the national team, what he’s doing right now for United," he told CBS Sports.

"What he has been doing for Juve, Real Madrid and United before, it is second to none if we’re talking about a No.9, you have to give him his respect."