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Ramos on verge of European record

  • Published at 06:40 pm November 14th, 2020
File photo of Spain's Sergio Ramos during training in Seville in October, 2018 Reuters

Ramos will earn his 177th cap for Spain in Basel, which would pull him clear of Buffon, who has played 176 times for Italy

Sergio Ramos will break the record for most international caps by a European player if he appears for Spain against Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League Saturday. 

Real Madrid defender Ramos is set to make his 177th appearance for Spain in Basel, which would pull him clear of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has played 176 times for Italy. 

Aged 34, Ramos could also break the world record, currently held by Egypt's Ahmed Hassan who earned 184 caps. 

It is possible Ramos will achieve that milestone at the delayed Euro 2020, which is now set to go ahead in June and July next year.  

Ramos came on as a substitute in Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands.

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Luis Enrique has been criticized in Spain for bringing Ramos on in the 85th minute in Amsterdam, with some suggesting such appearances reduce the value of his record. 

Ramos made his debut for Spain in a 3-0 win over China in 2005, coming off the bench to replace Carles Puyol in a team that also featured Iker Casillas in goal and Xavi Hernandez in midfield. 

All three players went on to drive the country's historic treble, that included winning the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup in between. 

Spain have failed to go past the last 16 in a major tournament since, with Ramos currently playing through a period of transition under Luis Enrique.

They sit top of their Nations League group ahead of Saturday's game in Switzerland but have only one point more than Germany and Ukraine behind them.