The skipper of La Roja has now made the same number of appearances for his country as the Italian icon
Captain Sergio Ramos of Spain has equalled the record of Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon for the most international appearances made for a European nation by a player.
In a friendly at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Ramos made his 176th appearance for La Roja in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands-matching the record set by Buffon in March 2018 with his final appearance in Italy.
However, despite Sergio Canales’ maiden international goal putting them ahead in the 19th minute, the Spaniards couldn’t mark the 34-year-old’s milestone with a victory.
In the second half, Donny van de Beek of Manchester United drilled home an equaliser as the two teams played a draw ahead of their UEFA Nations League fixtures later in the international break.
Ramos made his debut for Spain’s national team during his teenage years in Seville during a 3-0 friendly victory against China in March 2005-with his appearance at 18 years, 361 days, making him the youngest player in the national team at the time in 55 years.
Ramos scored his first two goals for Spain since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, shortly after thrashing San Marino 4-0 in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.
Ramos has also established himself as an integral part of the Spanish team that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
In a friendly match against South Korea in June 2010, he captained his nation for the first time and eventually took over the role permanently for the World Cup in 2018 once legendary goalkeeper Iker Casilias was phased out of the goalkeeper
As an attacking right-back, Ramos began his career, but gradually moved into central defence when his defensive skills became evident.
Ramos is Spain’s eighth-highest all-time goalscorer with 23 goals, despite playing as a centre-back, as he also takes penalties and threatens from set pieces.
With 129 wins, he also holds the record for the most international victories for La Roja.
With seven points, Spain is currently ranked top of Nations League A Group 4, one ahead of Germany and Ukraine.
Their next fixtures will be against Switzerland (Saturday) and Germany (Wednesday) in the tournament.