Sergio Ramos overtakes Buffon after 177th Spain appearance

Spain national team captain Sergio Ramos has overtaken Gianluigi Buffon to become the most-capped player in European football.

After featuring in Spain’s one-all stalemate with Switzerland, the Real Madrid defender has now made 177 outings for Spain.

Despite now being 34 years of age, the Blancos skipper remains a talismanic presence for club and country.

He now boasts another entry in the history books, with the evergreen centre-half showing no sign of slowing down.

Sergio Ramos’ debut in 2005

Sergio Ramos made his debut for Spain back in 2005 while he was still playing for Sevilla.

By that time, he was aged just 18 years and 361 days becoming the youngest player to debut for his nation in 55 years.

A regular role was nailed down from that point, allowing Ramos to form part of a remarkable era of success for La Roja.

Ramos formed a productive partnership with Barcelona stars Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol initially at right-back.

In that time, Spain would go on to claim two European Championships and a World Cup win between 2008 and 2012.

Ramos has continued to be a key figure since then, with his efforts at club level ensuring that he is still in contention for call-ups.

Ramos targets all-time record

Only four men can claim to have represented their respective nations on more occasions, and many of them are about to be chased down by Ramos.

Mohamed Al-Deayea and Bader Al-Mutawa of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait both have 178 caps to their name.

Ramos would equal them if he were to figure for Spain in a meeting with Germany on Tuesday.

A waiting game would then be required before trying to match Ahmed Mubarak’s 179 appearances for Oman.

Ramos should expect to emulate that achievement, before going on to close in on Egypt legend Ahmed Hassan and his 184 caps at the very top of the global chart.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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