Sergio Ramos won his record 176th cap against the Netherlands, and Spanish head coach Luis Enrique spoke about the feat.

Luis Enrique hailed unique Sergio Ramos in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands after the Spain captain equaled the cumulative European caps of Italy’s great Gianluigi Buffon.

For his 176th international appearance at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Ramos was picked up five minutes from time, around 15 years after making his senior debut.

The Real Madrid center-back will overtake Buffon as Europe’s most-capped international footballer if he appears against Switzerland in Basel on Saturday. It is now within eight appearances of the world cap record currently kept by former midfielder Ahmed Hassan of Egypt.

Ramos was congratulated for matching Buffon’s count by Spanish head coach Luis Enrique.

“Sergio is unique. He is on a different level. The record of presence is only beyond the scope of the most gifted ones,” he said according to the goal after the match.


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