Ramos breaks Buffon record: Europe's most-capped men's international players
Saturday 14 November 2020
Sergio Ramos has broken Gianluigi Buffons European mens caps brochure with his 177th Spain appearance.
Spain defender Sergio Ramos has won his 177th boater for Spain in their UEFA Nations League game in Switzerland to cease Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffons all-time mens European caps record.
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Ramoss sequential target is Egypt performer Ahmed Hassans macrocosm list of 184, which he could in hypothesis overhaul in 2021 although Omans Ahmed Mubarak is currently on 179 and Kuwaits Bader al-Mutawa has 178. Meet the ten Europeans with the most international appearances.
177: Sergio Ramos (Spain)*
The youngest European man to area 100 caps, at the age of 26 in March 2013, Ramos has two UEFA European Championships and one FIFA World Cup already to his name. "I would like to bear on playing [for Spain] for a great deal more years," he says. "Im going to obtain to go to Qatar [for the 2022 World Cup] with a grey beard if necessary."
176: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
A 2006 World Cup winner with the Azzurri, Buffon made his modern Italy exterior in a March 2018 kind censure Argentina. That action surpassed the moment he beat Dino Zoffs federal inventory of 112 caps in 2011. "When I made my Italy debut back in 1997, acceptance to this quantity was valid a daydream for me," he said.
169: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)*
Europes runaway top scorer in international games, Ronaldo moved ended the 100 docket in September, and may posses Ali Daeis globe register of 109 in his sights. Long term, the UEFA EURO 2016 winner could further catch Ramos in the gallop for the caps record, though Ronaldo is a year older than his void Real Madrid team-mate.
167: Vitālijs Astafjevs (Latvia)
"I love football and hold always loved it," verbal the journeyman midfielder after he played his farewell international, mature 39, in November 2010. Astafjevss personal pinnacle came when . "We worked a miracle, everyone was amazed," he said. "That was real happiness."
167: Iker Casillas (Spain)
A goalkeeping marvel at Real Madrid, Casillas summed up his experience of playing for Spain as "Responsibility. Pride. Satisfaction. Happiness. Commitment. Respect for those who preceded me. An infinity of speaking – and doing everything for the Spanish fans." Like Ramos, he won two EUROs and a World Cup with his country.
157: Martin Reim (Estonia)
"There is no fashion I could go on playing until I die," uttered midfielder Reim as he made his farewell appearance – senile 38 – in 2009, ending a 17-year run in the national team. Save for a succinct spell with Finlands KooTeePee, the Flora Tallinn stalwart spent his absolute bludgeon employment in his homeland. Later he was Estonia coach from 2016–19.
150: Lothar Matthäus (Germany/West Germany)
A and a World Cup winner in 1990, the midfield colossus bestrode two eras of German football. A box-to-box midfielder who played as a sweeper later in his career, Matthäus earned malleability from Diego Maradona, who said: "He is the finest rival Ive ever faced. I guess thats all you need to know."
148: Anders Svensson (Sweden)
The midfielder and free-kick practical called instance on his international career in November 2013, noting: "Its juncture for me to stride aside and do room for younger players." Taco-Anders – nicknamed after his favourite meal – featured at two World Cups and three UEFA European Championships.
146: Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland)
Keane bade farewell to international football in August 2016 having scored 68 goals over 18 years with the Ireland team: Ronaldo, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis and Miroslav Klose are the only Europeans to retain scored more. "It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad lad beginning up in Dublin," he spoken of his career.
144: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Ukraine)
UEFA EURO 2016 was the final of the line, internationally speaking, for Tymoshchuk, whose 100th cap had come in 2010. Twelve months subsequent the midfielder was voted Ukraines boon post-independence player. He retired, senile 37, in 2016, saying: "Ive quietly elapsed my playing days and Im recipience a desist to visualize about my renewed status."