Spain An honour shared by legends like Cafu and Buffon
October 12, 2019, will always be remembered as the day on which Sergio Ramos took over from Iker Casillas as Spain‘s highest appearance maker, hitting 168 appearances after 14 years with the national team.
Behind Ramos are are Casillas (167), Xavi (133), Andres Iniesta (131), Andoni Zubizarreta (126), David Silva (124), Sergio Busquets (115), Xabi Alonso (114), Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas (110), Raul Gonzalez (102) and Carles Puyol (100).
Additionally, Ramos adds a 46th game as captain, entering an elite list of country leaders.
Here are some the players with the all-time most appearances for other top nations.
With five World Cups behind him, Matthaus is the most-capped German on 155, though that’s split across two flags due to the nation’s division.
Germany have more players with over 100 appearances than anyone else (12) and both Toni Kroos (94) and Manuel Neuer (90) are closing in on that group.
Attacking football defines Brazil, but an ex-defender in Cafu (142) tops their appearance list.
Roberto Carlos is on 125, and Dani Alves currently sits on 116.
Neymar has joined the 100 club there, with there being six members in all.
Portuguese football has a before and after Cristiano Ronaldo‘s debut.
He’s already the holder of his country’s appearance record (161) and goals record (94).
Luis Figo (127) and Couto (122) are next, while they also have six centurions.
Shilton was England‘s No.1 in the 80s and 90s and his record of 125 is safe.
Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling top the current crop (54) and England have nine players to have played more than 100 times.
The next target for Ramos, with his 176 games, is Buffon.
He’s 40 clear of the next Italian player in Fabio Cannavaro.
The Azzurri have seven players with 100 games behind them.
Leonardo Bonucci has 91 and is likely to become their eighth.
He wore the blue shirt 142 times, more than Thierry Henry‘s 123 and Marcel Desailly‘s 116.
Hugo Lloris is on 114 and France also have seven in their 100 club.
Olivier Giroud will be the next as he has 94 under his belt.
Messi has 136 games for his country, but has Javier Zanetti (145) and Javier Mascherano (147) in front of him.
Had he not stepped back, he’d be their leader.
They have six players with more than 100 games.
Seven Uruguayans are in their 100 club, but Godin‘s 133 is higher than anyone’s.
Maxi Pereira has 125 and Fernando Muslera has 115.
Daley Blind is the leader of current players on 67, but he’s way off Sneijder‘s 134.
The Dutch have seven with 100 or more appearances, with Robin van Persie the last to do it.
Current players Jan Vertonghen (117), Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel (103) are the Red Devils’ top appearance makers.
The former has three friendlies that FIFA don’t recognise, while the latter two each have one.
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