Sergio Ramos made history last night when he stepped foot on the field against Norway in a Euro 2020 qualifier clash. The Spain captain overtook the record of the legendary Iker Casillas to become the most capped Spanish player of all time with 168 international appearances to his name for La Roja.
The Real Madrid star has achieved a feat that perhaps no-one else can overtake – and here are three reasons for the same…
3. Increasingly competitive club schedule
Club football is in its most intense period. There was once a time when players played 45 to 50 games a season. But now, around 60 is a common number of games a top player takes part in at the highest level every season.
As a result, staying fit for a prolonged period is now extremely difficult and that is the most important thing in order to achieve many appearances at the international level.
But, with the commercial juggernaut that club football has become, it is unlikely that any Spanish player could touch Ramos , especially with more club competitions to be added in the near future by both FIFA and UEFA.
2. Tough to get into the Spain team
Even though the Spanish National Team right now is not at all par with very best they ever had, it is still quite difficult for any Spaniard to become a regular figure in the team like Sergio Ramos has done since the age of 18.
Almost every newly-capped Spain player in recent times was in his 20s and that is simply not enough to catch up to Ramos. To play nearly 170 times for Spain, one has to start in his teens and that seems unlikely right now with the dynamics associated with international football.
1. Ramos still has a lot more left
The most important reason, Sergio Ramos is still going strong. He might be 33 years of age right now, but still, his fitness level is pretty impressive and he definitely looks like he will be playing at the top level for at least another two years.
After crashing out of the World Cup in 2018, Ramos promised that he would be back in 2022 for the showpiece event in Qatar and given that he is a very determined character, there is every possibility of the former Sevilla star keeping his word.
And should that happen, he would have well over 200 caps for Spain – and that record would simply be unassailable.
Sergio Ramos broke Casillas record of the most appearances for Spain - and here are 3 reasons why no-one may ever be able to break the defender's record...