12th October 2019 will go down to history as a golden day for Sergio Ramos. Spain and Real Madrid captain just outworked Iker Casillas. On 12th October, Sergio Ramos became the first player in Spain history playing 168 games for the national team.
Sergio Ramos did his best to join the legendary club
In 2005, Sergio Ramos was training with Spain national team when Real Madrid officials asked him to join Los Blancos. Sergio Ramos said yes without hesitation, and the rest is history.
Few Spanish players reached 100 matches threshold for the national team. The list contains the most iconic and legendary players, such as Iker Casillas, Xavi, Iniesta, etc.
Iker Casillas now is the second player with most appearances. Iker played 167 matches while the game in Norway was 168th for Sergio Ramos. Barcelona legend, Iniesta, played 131 games while his close friend Xavi outworked him with two more games (133). Players like David Silva, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Fabregas, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, and Puyol could reach 100 matches threshold. Don’t forget that Sergio Ramos is the current captain of Spain. Sergio played 46 games from 168 as captain.
What about Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
First, we can start with Lionel Messi and Argentina. Messi is not successful with his national team as he failed twice in winning Copa America. At the same time, Messi helped Argentina to play the 2014 World Cup Final, but Germany was better that day. Lionel stepped out and said that he needs a time out. So, Lionel is not the first player with the most appearances for Argentina. Lionel played 136 games while Mascherano has 147 games, and Javier Zanetti (Inter legend) played 145. Argentina has six players that reached 100 game threshold.
As for Portugal, No one can compare to Cristiano Ronaldo. We are living in Cristiano’s era, and stats tell us the truth. Cristiano holds the record for most appearances and goals for Portugal. Cristiano has 91 goals for Portugal, and 161 matches played in total.
What’s the next target for Sergio Ramos?
Sergio Ramos should look for the next target. If we look at the stats for other countries, then we can easily spot that there are not many players ahead of Ramos on a worldwide level. The only player that has more appearances for the national team than Sergio Ramos is indeed Gianluigi Buffon.
Italian goalkeeper played 176 matches for Italy. In just nine games for Spain, Sergio Ramos would-be world record-breaker on a worldwide level.