Spain’s 10 Most Capped Footballers of All Time as Sergio Ramos Breaks Record

?Over the years, we have seen countless superstars fail to hold down a place in Spain’s squad as a result of the ludicrous competition in their ranks. So, when a player does cement their place as a starter, it speaks volumes of their talent.

Some of the greatest footballers in the history of the game have hailed from Spain, whilst La Roja have been one of the most dominant sides in recent memory. Unsurprisingly, they have had some incredible players over the years.

Here are the ten most capped players in Spain’s history.


10. Cesc Fàbregas (110)

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Cesc Fàbregas became the youngest player to appear for Spain in 70 years when he made his debut in 2006. 

Then with ?Arsenal, the central midfielder was tipped for greatness from a young age, and that’s exactly what he has achieved. He has gone on to make 110 appearances for his country, the last of which came in the round-of-16 defeat to Italy at Euro 2016.

Now 32, the former ?Barcelona and ?Chelsea man enjoyed a fantastic career with Spain, winning two European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup in 2010.


10. Fernando Torres (110)

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Fernando Torres was one of the most prolific forwards in the history of Spanish youth football, which earned him a debut call-up to the senior side in September 2003.?

He went on to win 110 caps of his own, and he managed to rack up an impressive 38 goals before retiring from football in August.

The former ?Liverpool, Chelsea and ?Atletico Madrid star was also part of that dominant Spain squad between 2008 and 2012, and will always be remembered as one of the game’s finest.


8. Xabi Alonso (114)

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Spain have always been known for their majestic passers, and Xabi Alonso certainly played his part in establishing that reputation.

After making his debut in April 2003, the midfield maestro racked up a huge 114 caps for La Roja, and he was yet another core part of the Spain side that took control over both Europe and the wider world. Can you see why they were so successful?

His final appearance came at the 2014 World Cup, before Alonso retired from international duty later that summer. He spent three more years with ?Bayern Munich, before hanging his boots up altogether in 2017.


7. Sergio Busquets (115)

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After Spain won Euro 2008, they began looking for a young defensive midfielder to replace veteran Marcos Senna, and they ended up committing to Sergio Busquets. Good call.

The Barcelona man made his debut in April 2009 and needed just three appearances to establish himself as a starter. He has gone on to make 115 appearances to date, but will certainly expect to add to that tally as the years go on.

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To date, Busquets has won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, and there is still time for the 31-year-old to add to his impressive trophy cabinet.


6. David Silva (125)

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Another example of the phenomenal quality of Spain’s midfielders, ?David Silva enjoyed a stellar international career.

His debut came against Romania in 2006, which was the first of his huge haul of 125 caps. He also lifted two European Championships and one World Cup, before retiring from international duty in 2018.

Silva still plays a starring role for ?Manchester City at club level, but he has already confirmed his intention to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.


5. Andoni Zubizarreta (126)

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The only player on this list to not be part of Spain’s recent golden generation, goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta actually held the record for the country’s most capped player for many years.

His debut came in 1985, and Zubizarreta quickly established himself as the clear starter in the squad. He racked up 126 appearances and appeared in multiple major tournaments – four World Cups and two European Championships – but he failed to win any major honours with La Roja.

As one of the most dominant goalkeepers in ?La Liga history, all of Zubizarreta’s honours came at club level with Athletic Club and Barcelona.


4. Andrés Iniesta (131)?

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The epitome of Spanish football, Andrés Iniesta deserves his place as one of football’s all-time greats.

A versatile midfielder in his youth, Iniesta often featured on the wing after making his international debut in 2006, but he soon made the centre-midfield role his own. He racked up a huge 131 appearances for his country, before bringing the curtain down on his international career in 2018.

His metronomic genius was vital to Spain’s three major trophy victories between 2008 and 2012, and he was pretty decent for Barcelona as well.


3. Xavi (133)

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Alongside Iniesta, Xavi was part of perhaps the greatest central midfield duo which has ever been seen at both club and international level.

The older of the two, Xavi’s senior debut for Spain actually came in a friendly in 2000, but he was in-and-out of the squad until around 2004. He went on to accumulate 133 appearances for La Roja, also getting his hands on the trophies between 2008 and 2012.

He called time on his international career in 2014, before hanging his boots up completely in May 2019.


2. Iker Casillas (167)

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Undoubtedly one of the greatest goalkeepers in history, Iker Casillas’ international career actually got off to a pretty bizarre start.

After making his debut in 2000, the former ?Real Madrid star was predominantly a backup to ?Santiago Cañizares, but was handed a permanent place in the starting lineup in 2002 after Cañizares severed a tendon in his foot after dropping a glass aftershave bottle.

Casillas never looked back as he racked up a whopping 167 appearances for Spain, and he held the record for Spain’s most capped player from November 2011 until October 2019.


1. Sergio Ramos (168)

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Now the out-and-out holder of the record, ?Sergio Ramos moved ahead of his former Real teammate by ?starting in the recent 1-1 draw win Norway.

He was handed his debut in 2005 and became Spain’s first-choice right back in early 2006. He went on to play a vital part in the squad’s glory days and in 2019 he remains one of the finest defenders around.

Ramos’ tally will likely continue to grow as the years pass, meaning his record may be incredibly tough to break.?


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Sergio Ramos Becomes Spain’s Most Capped Player Ever

?Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has now become the most-capped player in the history of the Spanish national team, after making his 168th appearance against Norway on Saturday.

Coming into the game, Ramos was tied with goalkeeper Iker Casillas on 167 caps, and it was always seen as just a matter of time before he made the record his own.

As a key part of the Spain squad, ?Ramos started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Norway, which took him ahead of his former ?Real teammate at the top of the standings.

He has not only etched his name into the Spanish history books, but Ramos is now the most-capped outfield player in the history of European football, breaking the record which was previously held by Latvian legend Vitalijs Astafjevs.

Ramos made his fist appearance for La Roja in March 2005 when, at the age of 18 years and 361 days, he featured in a 3-0 victory over China.

He netted the first two of his 21 international goals in a 6-0 win over San Marino later that year, before establishing himself as a starter in early 2006.

Since then, Ramos has blossomed into one of the finest defenders around, and he also formed a crucial part of one of the most dominant international sides we have ever seen. Starting as a right-back for Spain, he won the European Championships in both 2008 and 2012, either side of lifting the World Cup in 2010.

Now 33 years old, Ramos is still playing at an elite level, and he will certainly expect to add to his tally of 168 caps before his career inevitably comes to a close.

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On Saturday night, it looked as though it was set to be the perfect celebration for Ramos. His Spain side came within seconds of sealing a narrow victory over Norway, only for a late penalty to put a dampener on the occasion.


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Sergio Ramos Overtakes Iker Casillas to Become Spain’s Most Capped Player

Sergio Ramos wrote his name into the record books on Saturday evening, as he became Spain’s most capped international footballer of all time. 

Ramos was named in the Spanish starting XI to face Norway, making his 168th appearance for the 2010 World Cup champions and overtaking previous record-holder Iker Casillas. 

The Real Madrid defender is one of the most decorated players in history, and was part of Spain’s World and double European cup winning sides. The Spanish National ?Team Twitter? page confirmed Ramos’ position in the lineup, and celebrated the 33-year-old’s legendary status. 


Los Merengues’ captain has scored 21 goals for his national team, and had been on the winning side an incredible 125 times?? before Saturday’s match against Norway. 

Former ?Madrid teammate Casillas led the appearance list with 167 caps, and the 38-year-old was also a key component in La Furia Roja’s most successful and dominant period.

Spain currently lead Group F in search of Euro 2020 qualification, and ?Ramos will be keen to add another trophy to his long list of accolades. 

The former Sevilla defender also became Madrid’s fourth most capped player in the club’s history this season, overtaking Gento who pulled on the Spanish giants’ white shirt 283 times during his illustrious career. 

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Although Ramos has toppled Casillas from the summit of Spain’s appearance list, he has a long way to go until he catches the Porto shot-stopper at club level, who played an incredible 334 matches for Los Merengues. 

Ramos is a divisive character on the domestic stage, but he is considered one of Spain’s most influential players at international level, and was handed the captaincy in 2016, once again following in the footsteps of Casillas. 

The combative defender also holds the record for the most red cards in La Liga history, and he is the most carded player in the history of the Spanish national team. 

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Building a Balanced ‘Home Nations United’ XI to Dominate World Football

?Have you ever wondered what the strongest combined XI of players from our home nations would look like? Of course you have, because domestic football has been replaced by international duties, and we’re all at a bit of a loose end. 

Anyway, the combined XI would normally be filled with overrated English players, or be disrespectfully light on recruits from the smaller nations. 

But, what if we limited ourselves to a maximum of only three players from each nation? Now, that’s when things start to heat up a wee bit. The conundrums arrive when trying to squeeze in your best players, but sacrifices must be made to ensure each nation is accounted for. 

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There will be squabbles, outcries and maybe even revolts against certain decisions, but 90min has created a combined XI of the home nation sides – or as we like to call them – Home Nations United. 

Let the games begin. 


Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Goalkeeper) 

Right, we’re going for playground rules here – stick the least-talented (fat kid) in goal, and the rest of the team will make sure he is seldom called upon. 

None of the four home nations are blessed with a stand-out goalkeeper – sorry Jordan Pickford – so we’re gonna stick the Peacock in net and hope that his strong defence gives him little to do. 

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Despite being a backup option at new club Burnley, the Northern Ireland international is his nation’s number one between the sticks, and he’s the last line of defence for Home Nations United too. 


Trent Alexander-Arnold (Right-Back)

No, this team isn’t going to be double-barrelled names only, but when you own possibly the world’s best player in his position, you must deploy him. ?Trent Alexander-Arnold is an unbelievable right-back and he is quickly growing into a superb defender for club and country.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

The ?Liverpool star is an assist master and his delivery is one of the best in the business, making him one of the first names on the teamsheet for Home Nations United, even if Gareth Southgate didn’t start the 21-year-old against Czech Republic on Saturday evening…no wonder England lost. 


Jonny Evans (Centre-Back) 

Our second Northern Ireland international ?Jonny Evans beats off competition from every other home nation to grab a starting spot in our back four. 

The 31-year-old is one of the most underrated centre-backs in the Premier League, and ?Manchester United fans must wince when they see Phil Jones gurning on their bench, whilst ex-Red Devil Evans thrives in an exciting ?Leicester City side. 

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A Premier League stalwart over the past decade, Evans takes pride of place in the heart of our defence – and well-deserved too. 


Kieran Tierney (Centre-Back) 

Thank God for versatility. Kieran Tierney made his name as an adventurous left-back with Celtic, and the Scotland international has a wand of a left foot. Unfortunately for him, his preferred position is already taken (we’ll come to that later). 

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Tierney can also successfully ply his trade as a centre-back and although only standing at five foot eight inches tall, the 22-year-old can hold his own against the best strikers in Europe. The recently injured ?Arsenal man limps with ease into our hypothetical starting XI. 

Welcome aboard Kieran! 


Andy Robertson (Left-Back)

Not for the first time during this lineup, the home nations – and Liverpool – hold arguably the world’s best in his field, and Andy Robertson is an absolute banker for Home Nations United. 

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The Scotsman possesses bags of pace and strength, and can also whip a wicked cross into the penalty area when required. The Scotland captain helped the Reds to European glory last season, and he’ll be desperate to reach Euro 2020 with his nation this summer. 

If anyone deserves it, it’s you, Andy. 


Aaron Ramsey (Central Midfield) 

A stop-start career of ‘what-ifs’ for our first midfielder. ?Aaron Ramsey is still one of the most talented footballers in Europe when fit and firing, and the ?Juventus star has made a solid start to life in Turin. 

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Although injury has plagued the Welshman throughout his entire career, the 28-year-old has established himself as a dynamic figure in the centre of the pitch, who is able to put his foot in when necessary. 

A wonderful player. 


John McGinn (Central Midfield) 

This boy has magic in his boots. What a start Aston Villa star John McGinn has made to his first season in top-flight English football. The Scotland international has helped the Villans to find their feet back in the Premier League, and has impressed pundits up and down the country with his dynamic displays. 

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McGinn is attracting the attention of English giants Manchester United, and his fantastic performances at the start of this season have earned the 24-year-old a call-up to 90min’s combined XI. 

Super John McGinn. 


Raheem Sterling (Right Wing) 

?You just can’t leave Raheem Sterling out of this side. Even ?Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spared the England star from his ruthless rotation policy in recent weeks, as the pacy winger continues to go from strength to strength. 

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?Sterling has arguably grown into England’s most valuable asset, and his direct running and new-found killer instinct in front of goal makes him a force to be reckoned with. 

The 24-year-old’s incredible rise to the top of world football has propelled him into 90min’s Home Nations United, and a thoroughly deserved first cap is on the horizon. 


Daniel James (Left Wing)

What a 12 months Daniel James has experienced. After breaking into ?Swansea’s senior side, the explosive winger impressed Man Utd so much that they forked out around £15m for his services, and the forward has made a sensational start to life in the Premier League. 

Daniel James

Ryan Giggs has put his faith in the 21-year-old to be a key component in Wales’ young side, and James has repaid his manager with some wonderful performances at international level. With pace being vital in any forward line, James gets the nod from our selection committee. ?


Gareth Bale (Second Striker)

Get ready for some serious attacking firepower. Wales talisman ?Gareth Bale was always going to be a starter in this lineup, and although the striker’s powers are waning somewhat, he still has enough credit in the bank to make our combined XI. 

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The ?Real Madrid forward has had a tough time of late, suffering a number of injuries and being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Zinedine Zidane. You can’t keep a good dog down however, and Bale worked his way back into los Merengues’ plans, and into Home Nations United’s XI. 

One of the very best. 


Harry Kane (Striker) 

Yeah, no shocks here. ?Harry Kane is the embodiment of brilliance: determination, ability, and possessing the stones to take vital penalties at crucial moments. The ?Tottenham Hotspur striker is one of the deadliest finishers in world football, and he’s working his way towards Wayne Rooney’s England all-time goalscoring record.

Harry Kane

When you’re in desperate need of a late goal to level or clinch a match, there’s only one man you’d want on the end of a cross or a loose ball in the penalty area. That man is our very own Kane, and he completes our Home Nations United lineup. 


Michael O’Neill (Manager)

‘There were only two Northern Ireland players in the lineup!’ I hear you yell in disgust. Well, that’s because the brains behind our organisation is their very own boss, Michael O’Neill. 

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O’Neill has worked wonders with such a tiny pool of players, and for a small nation like Northern Ireland, the 50-year-old boss has delivered some memorable moments. Reaching any tournament is a great achievement, and after travelling to France for Euro 2016, O’Neill has earned the right to lead our troops into battle. 

Goarn Home Nations United! 

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Barcelona and Real Madrid Set to Do Battle Over €40m-Rated Teen Sensation Eduardo Camavinga

Fierce rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to battle it out for 16-year-old? wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga, who is valued at an extraordinary €40m. 

The midfielder has already become a key member of the Stade Rennais first team, making 12 appearances in all competitions for the French club, which included a brilliant man of the match display against PSG, where he also bagged himself an assist.

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According to ?Mundo Deportivo, Barca director of football Eric Abidal is a massive fan of the player after scouting him on multiple occasions, and believes he is as good as the club’s stand-out youngster Ansu Fati.

With Sergio Busquets now 31 years old and approaching the end of his career, the signing of Camavinga would make sense as a long term replacement for the Spaniard.

However, they will face stiff competition from rivals ?Real Madrid, with manager Zinedine Zidane extremely keen on bringing the youngster into the squad.

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Both clubs have been told that they will have to dish out a whopping €40m for the Congolese, which is a massive price tag for a 16-year-old who came into the picture just this season.

If Camavinga continues to perform well for the rest of 2019/20 campaign, then it is likely that his price will inflate even more, and he could become one of the most sought after players in the world during next summer’s transfer window.

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