Ryan Giggs unaware of Champions League record

Manchester United's midfielder Ryan Giggs controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs admits that he did not know that he is close to becoming the Champions League's all-time leading appearance-maker.

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has expressed his surprise after being told that he is on the brink of becoming the Champions League's all-time leading appearance-maker.

The 39-year-old will pass the 145-game record that he currently shares with former Real Madrid striker Raul if he plays against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

When made aware of the statistics, Giggs told the club's official website: "Really? Wow. I didn't know that. It's a great competition and I've been lucky enough to win it twice and play a lot of memorable matches.

"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 it three times. If I do pass him, it will be a great source of pride for me."

Giggs lifted the Champions League trophy with United in 1999 and 2008.

Real Madrid's forward Raul reacts during the Santiago Bernabeu trophy football match Real Madrid CF vs Al-Sadd SC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 22, 2013
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