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Sergio Ramos Claims Spanish National Team Record For Minutes Played

Portugal v Spain -International Friendly Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

After last night’s cameo against Portugal in an international friendly, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who appeared in the 81st minute, officially overtook Iker Casillas to become the Spanish National team’s most ‘appeared’ player ever. Ramos has now amassed 13, 340 minutes for Spain. Iker Casillas’s previous record was 13, 336.

From Real Madrid’s official website:

Ramos has reached this figure 15 years after having made his national team debut, which came back on 26 March 2005 in the 3-0 win over China. The madridista boasts a stunning trophy haul, featuring a World Cup and two European Championship crowns, with the Spain team he captains. Also of note is his excellent contribution in the final third for the national team. Ramos has 23 goals to his name and is the leading goalscoring defender in international football. He also features amongst the nine all-time leading scorers for the Spanish national team.

Highest appearance-makerNot only is the skipper the player with the most minutes to his name, he is also Spain’s record appearance-maker. His outing against Portugal was his 173rd cap (128 wins, 25 draws and 20 defeats) and he lies top of these standings, ahead of Casillas (167) and Xavi (133).

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