Chelsea goalkeeper joins an elite group of players who have made at least 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
With his appearance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at home to Galatasaray, goalkeeper Petr Cech became the 19th player to appear in 100 Champions League games.
It’s an illustrious list of European football’s elite performers over the past 20 years. Cech is one of four goalkeepers on the list alongside, Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, Barcelona’s Victor Valdes and Bayern Munich’s Oliver Kahn.
Aside from Kahn, the others are all still active and must stand a reasonable chance of one day topping the list. Casillas, with 134 appearances, is just 8 behind all-time leader Raul and provided he stays fit, looks well placed to eclipse his former team-mate within the next 12 months.
Cech has been a phenomenally consistent performer for Chelsea since he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004, and was instrumental in his side’s Champions League success in 2012 – a triumph he wrote about in some detail.
Here are some of Cech’s highlights from that season.
Champions League 100 club:
142 Raul (Real Madrid, Schalke)
139 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
139 Xavi Barcelona)
134 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
125 Clarence Seedorf (Ajax, Real Madrid, Milan)
124 Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
120 Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Fenerbahce)
115 Carles Puyol Barcelona)
112 Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
109 Paolo Maldini (Milan)
109 Gary Neville (Manchester United)
107 David Beckham (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
106 VIctor Valdes (Barcelona)
103 Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)
103 Luis Figo (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale)
103 Ashley Cole (Arsenal, Chelsea)
102 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)
100 Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev, Milan, Chelsea)
100 Petr Cech (Sparta Prague, Chelsea FC)