The Real Madrid defender has set a new benchmark for international appearances with La Roja, with him reaching 168 caps against Norway

Sergio Ramos has surpassed Iker Casillas’s record to become Spain‘s most-capped player ever.

The central defender, 33, has now played 168 times for La Roja, ahead of his former team-mate on 167.

He breaks the record after starting Spain’s Euro 2020 Group F qualifying match against Norway, hoping to continue his nation’s 100 per cent win ratio in the competition so far.

Spain are already assured of their place at the finals next summer, with an unassailable seven-point gap at the top of the group.

The Real Madrid captain has won back-to-back European Championships with Spain in 2008 and 2012, beating Germany and Italy in each final, as well as the World Cup in 2010, triumphing over the Netherlands in South Africa.

He started and played the full match in each one of those finals and kept clean sheets in all three as well.

Ramos is also the joint-10th highest goalscorer in his country’s history, tied with Michel on 21, just two behind Los Blancos legend Alfredo Di Stefano.

The defender received his first international cap for Spain in 2005, when he was still a Sevilla player, and made his debut in an international friendly game against China, playing 45 minutes.

His competitive bow came as a right-back against Serbia and Montenegro, a position he spent the majority of the next six years playing for Spain before moving to a central defensive role.

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Ramos captained his country for the first time in a 10-0 Confederations Cup demolition of Tahiti in 2013, but took the armband more permanently in 2016, when Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea had usurped Casillas between the sticks after the veteran left Real Madrid to join Porto.

In his time with the national team, Ramos has also enjoyed plenty of success with his club. The defender has picked up four Champions League titles, four La Liga titles, four Club World Cups, two Copas del Rey, three Spanish Super Cups and three Uefa Super Cups.

He has also managed an impressive tally of 85 goals in 615 games for Los Blancos, a huge return for a defender.

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