Sergio Ramos has now won more international caps than any other male European footballer after starting for Spain in Switzerland on Saturday night.
The Real Madrid defender has picked up 177 caps for his country, overtaking Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, who he leaves behind on 176.
It is a mammoth achievement for the 34-year-old who shows few signs of slowing down, still a regular for club and country, and still getting on the score sheet regularly, despite playing at the back.
Ramos has 23 goals for his country and this season he netted his 100th goal for Real Madrid, having signed for the club in 2005.
The former Sevilla man now has the world record in his sights, with Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan the most capped man in history, with 184 appearances for his country.
You would not bet against Ramos making it past that mark and as he expects to be at the World Cup in two years.
‘I would like to carry on playing [for Spain] for many more years,’ he said.
‘I’m going to have to go to Qatar [for the 2022 World Cup] with a grey beard if necessary.’
Incredibly, Ramos’ 177th cap for Spain saw him miss two penalties for his side as they drew 1-1 with the Swiss.
When questioned about possibly being a Ballon d’Or winner in 2017, he was unmoved, saying: ‘Trophies won with the team are the most important ones for me.
‘I would have played tennis if I wanted individual trophies.’