Europe set to take caps record
Spain's defender Sergio Ramos has held the all-time top spot in Europe's #39 with former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, both currently at 176th place.
Ramos will set the record for himself if he takes part in the UEFA Nations League match that Spain will play in Switzerland #39. Meet the ten Europeans who have made the most international appearances.
- World record: Ahmed Hassan (Egypt) 184
176: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
Buffon, who won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Azzurri, made his last Italy appearance in a friendly match against Argentina in March 2018'. This feat surpassed the moment when Dino Zoff' broke the national record of 111' in 2011'. “When I made my debut in Italy in 1997/#39, reaching this total was just a dream for me,” he said.
176 Sergio Ramos (Spain) *
Ramos, who is the youngest European to reach 100/#39 at the age of 26 in March 2013, has two UEFA European Championships and a World Cup in his name. "I want to continue playing [for Spain] for many more years," he said. "I'll have to go to Qatar [for the 2022 World Cup] with a gray beard if necessary."
168 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) *
Europe's top scorer in international games, CR7, passed 100 points in September and can see Ali Daei's world record of 109/#39 in his goal. In the long run, the UEFA EURO 2016 winner may catch Ramos in the record-breaking race, but Ronaldo is a year older than his former Real Madrid teammate.
167: Vitālijs Astafjevs (Latvia)
Astafjevs''s personal summit while representing Latvia at UEFA EURO 2004' said, "I love football and have always loved football" after saying goodbye to the international at the age of 39 in November 2010 '. "We created a miracle, everyone was surprised," he said. "It was true happiness."
167: Iker Casillas (Spain)
A goalkeeping marvel at Real Madrid, Casillas summed up his experience playing for Spain this way: "Responsibility. Pride. Satisfaction. Happiness. Commitment. Respect for those before me. Endless promises – and doing everything for the Spanish fans." Like Ramos, he won two EURO and a World Cup with his country.
157: Martin Reim (Estonia)
"It is not possible for me to continue playing until I die," said midfielder Reim, who was 38 years old in 2009, while finishing his 17-year run in the national team. Save for a short spell with Finnish KooTeePee, Flora Tallinn's valiant spent her entire club career in her homeland. He later became Estonian coach from 2016-19.
150: Lothar Matthäus (Germany / West Germany)
A European champion in 1980' and a World Cup champion in 1990', the midfield giant has passed two eras of German football. A box-to-box midfielder who played as a sweeper later in his career, Matthäus earned the respect of Diego Maradona', saying: "The best opponent I've ever faced. That's all you need to know."
148: Anders Svensson (Sweden)
The midfielder and free kick specialist sought time for his international career in November 2013, stating: "It's time to step aside and make room for the younger players." Named after his favorite dish 'Taco-Anders' He took part in two World Cups and three UEFA European Championships.
146 Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland)
Keane left international football in August 2016, scoring 68 goals over 18 years with the Irish team: Ronaldo, Ferenc Puskás, sandwich Kocsis and Miroslav Klose are the only Europeans to score more goals. “It surpassed all my hopes as a football-mad kid growing up in Dublin,” he said of his career.
144: Anatoly Tymoshchuk (Ukraine)
UEFA EURO 2016 was the end of the line at international level for Tymoshchuk, whose 100th cap came in 2010. Twelve months later, the midfielder was named Ukraine's best post-independence player. He retired in 2017 at the age of 37 and said: "I have quietly finished my gaming days and take a break to think about my new situation."
* not yet retired from international football