Champions League: Leading appearance makers (1)

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Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs will become the most capped player in Champions League history, if he features in tonight's Group A clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 39-year-old Welshman flew out to Ukraine as part of David Moyes's 18-man squad for Wednesday's match, currently tied on 144 appearances in Europe's elite club competition (including qualifiers) with fellow football legend Raul.

The former Real Madrid and Schalke striker actually boasts more caps in the Champions League "proper", but could be usurped by the Red Devils veteran on Wednesday evening.

Although he is yet to retire, Raul is currently plying his trade in Qatar, and so is unlikely to play again in the European tournament, handing Giggs an opportunity to move clear at the top.

With 29 goals in the Champions League, the midfielder is second only to Ruud van Nistelrooy in Manchester United's illustrious list of European goalscorers, and having featured in each of the club's last 20 games in the top tier competition, will be quietly confident of inclusion against Shakhtar.

"It's a great competition and I've been lucky enough to win it twice and play a lot of memorable matches," Giggs told Manchester United's official matchday programme.

"There have been so many great players to have graced the tournament and Raul is up there as one of the very best.

"He has a great goalscoring record and he's won the competition three times. If I do pass him it will be a great source of pride for me."

In honour of Giggs's impending achievement and European landmark, check out some of the other leading Champions League appearance makers.

Click through the tabs - above or below - and leave a comment with any players you think could break this record in the future!

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