Sergio Ramos is now Europe’s most capped player

Sergio Ramos has chalked up another record in his remarkable career. When he ran out for Spain’s UEFA Nations League match against Switzerland on Saturday 14 November he became the most capped European player of all time.

The Spain captain was making his 177th appearance for his country, putting him one ahead of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, another of the continent’s footballing legends. Now 34, Ramos has his sights set on another milestone: the men’s world record for international appearances, held by former Egypt player Ahmed Hassan, who retired in 2012. The centre-half is just eight matches away from breaking it.

A member of Spain’s golden generation, the free-scoring defender is the undisputed leader of Luis Enrique’s side. To mark his latest achievement, looks back on his fairy-tale international career.

  • Record number of wins: 128 of his 177 matches with Spain have ended in victory, another world record.
  • Defensive cornerstone: Ramos started out as a right-back, a position in which he played a crucial part in Spain’s triumphs at UEFA EURO 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. When Ricardo Carvalho and Carles Puyol picked up injuries in 2012, Ramos switched to the centre of defence for club and country respectively. He has stayed there ever since.

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