Thomas Muller has left his mark alongside football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas. He is only the third player in UEFA Champions League history to have 100 wins.
Thomas Müller almost celebrated his remarkable milestone with a goal, but the post denied him when the forward launched himself to attempt and net a cross from teammate Mathys Tel in stoppage time against Manchester United. But the 34-year-old will be able to overlook this error because, at the end of his performance on Wednesday evening, the final score was 4-3 against the Red Devils – and it was Müller’s 100th win in Europe’s best club competition in only his 143rd encounter.
Thomas Muller joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casilas in the Champions League Record
The two-time Champions League winner has therefore finally arrived to the pinnacle of this illustrious competition: the devoted Munich player is only the third player in the competition’s history to surpass the 100-win milestone. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (115 victories with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus) and Iker Casillas (101 with Real Madrid and FC Porto) have before done so. Müller’s feat also makes him the first player to commemorate all of his achievements with a single club: the German record champions.
“Looking back, it’s been a crazy long time that I’ve been able to spend here in the Champions League,” said Müller, whose 16th season in the competition puts him level with Zlatan Ibrahimovi and Xavi in joint 12th position all-time. But Müller wouldn’t be Müller if he didn’t have the final word on his landmark: “But I’m not done yet, so it’s just a staging post,” the forward promised.