Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has equalled former club and international team-mate Iker Casillas as Spain’s all-time record appearance maker.
The centre back started for Spain in their Euro 2020 qualifying match against the Faroe Islands. It was Ramos’s 167th game for Spain as he went level with the legendary goalkeeper.
Ramos and forward Rodrigo Moreno were the only survivors in the Spanish line up from Thursday’s 2-1 win over Romania as manager Robert Moreno made nine changes to his team that faced the Faroe Islands.
Ramos, when he was just 18 years and 361 days old, first appeared for Spain on March 26, 2005, in a 3-0 thumping of China. He became the youngest player to feature for Sapin for over half a century.
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He was a key part of the Spain squad that lifted the World Cup in the year 2010 and also was instrumental in helping the side make their most dominant run from 2008 to 2012.
The Real Madrid man not only helped Spain win the World Cup but also the Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012 playing both as the centre back and right back.
The 33-year-old played his 100th game for La Roja back in 2013 and also featured in his 3rd World Cup a year later. But Spain could not repeat the magic of 2010 in Brazil as they got ousted early in the group stages of the mega event.
Ramos was handed the Spanish armband when David de Gea succeeded Iker Casillas in goal for the Euro 2016. Spain finished second under Ramos’s guidance in the group stage only to be knocked out in the round of 16 by Italy.
Ramos has till now scored 21 times for the 2010 World Cup champions and is close to bagging the record of most goals scored ever by a defender. He is also just 9 matches behind Gianluigi Buffon who holds the record for most European caps.