Very few footballers in history can match Sergio Ramos for a career.
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos made history last weekend, as he broke a long-standing record held by the legendary Iker Casillas.
Ramos made his 168th appearance for the 2010 World Cup winners, who drew 1-1 with Norway in a 2020 Euro qualification match on Saturday. In doing so, the Los Blancos defender has now overtaken Casillas as the player with the most caps for the Spain.
The 33-year-old made his senior national team debut in in 2005, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the nation’s best players after winning the World Cup and two European Championship titles. The night was somewhat soured by the result as La Roja will have to wait until Tuesday to secure their ticket to the European Championship.
Ramos began his career at Sevilla and made his Spain debut in 2005, just months before a €27 million move to Real Madrid. And that’s where things really got going for the defender. He has won four La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, an incredible four Champions League titles – three as captain – three UEFA Super Cups, four Club World Cups, two European Championships and the World Cup.
And it’s not as though Ramos is a bit-part player, either. He is the Real Madrid captain, after all, and has been since 2015. He also played every game but one at right-back as Spain won Euro 2008, then played every minute in the World Cup win two years later.
Then he switched to centre-back for EURO 2012 and won that, too. It is an unbelievably impressive record, played at the highest level imaginable, and Ramos has deservedly set a new record for his country.