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Thomas Muller one step closer to replacing Xavi as the one-club player with the most Champions League matches in history

In the 67th minute of the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Thomas Muller stepped onto the field at Old Trafford. This marked his 147th appearance in the most prestigious European club tournament, and remarkably, all of them have been adorned in Bayern Munich’s iconic colors.

Among the legends of the game, only the current Barcelona manager, Xavi, boasts more Champions League appearances with a single team, accumulating a total of 151 outings with Barca. However, Muller is poised to challenge this record, as Bayern Munich comfortably secured their place in the knockout stage with two more guaranteed matches. Should they progress to the quarter-finals and Muller participates in all four fixtures, he is set to equal Xavi’s record in mid-April. If Muller appears in any game beyond the last-8 round, he will cement his status as the one-club footballer with the most Champions League games in history.

In the all-time rankings, only Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, and Xavi sit above Muller. Notably, all of them, with the exception of Xavi, have represented two or more teams in the competition.

Earlier today Sport Bild reported that Muller is expected to sign a new deal with Bayern before Christmas, as his current contract expires next summer. Muller features in Bayern’s starting XI rarely this season, but often gets involved from the bench. The 34 year old was linked with interest from Manchester United and Juventus recently, but all signs point out that he will continue to wear Bayern’s colours.