Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is set to become the most capped European footballer of all time when Spain tackle Switzerland in the Nations League today.
Ramos is in line to make his 177th international appearance which will take him head of legendary former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as the most capped player on the continent.
Back in 2019, the Spain captain became the country’s all-time appearance maker and he is only nine matches away from topping former Egypt player Ahmed Hassan’s record of 184 appearances and become the most capped international player ever.
“His numbers are only within the reach of super-gifted players,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique after the 34-year-old Ramos equalled Buffon’s 176 appearances in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.
🧢 Two footballing immortals now share the record for the most caps by a European player. Congratulations, Sergio! 👏 pic.twitter.com/I4fX0VA9oZ
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 11, 2020
“He never even gets a cold. The number of games he has played show he is different to the rest. We all recognise his achievement but we have to keep looking after him so he can keep playing for us.”
The Madrid defender made his international debut 15 years ago in a friendly against China and is the only surviving member in the current squad to win the Euro 2008 title.
Ramos also formed part of the Spanish side that won the 2010 Fifa World Cup and defended the European Championship title in 2012.
Despite being a defender, he is Spain’s eighth all-time top scorer, with 23 goals and he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
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By FARPost Reporter