National team: Europe’s record international player: This is how Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Spain’s Sergio Ramos

Cristiano Ronaldo (36) remains a phenomenon in world football. The 2016 European champions set the next record on Saturday evening in Portugal’s 3-0 (1-0) test match win against Qatar. With his 181st international match, Cristiano Ronaldo became the new record international player in Europe.

CR7 replaced his former teammate at Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (35, now Paris St.-Germain) from Spain. The 2010 world champion had in the ranking of the record national players in Europe on 14. November 2020 in the Nations League game in Switzerland (1-1, two missed Ramos penalties), Italy’s goalkeeper legend Gianluigi Buffon (176 international matches) overtook. “After many years of hard work and effort, reaching this mark feels particularly good,” said Ramos about the record at the time.

Ramos has not played an international match since March

So now Ronaldo. The record scorer of the Portuguese national soccer team increased his goal account to 112 goals against the World Cup hosts in 2022. On the way to the European record, Ronaldo benefited from the long-term injury misfortune of his former teammate. Sergio Ramos was last seen in the jersey of the Spaniards on March 31, 2021 against Kosovo (3-1). Ramos had to cancel the European championship in the summer after a tendon irritation as well as the World Cup qualifiers in September and now the Nations League finals in Italy.

Will Ronaldo still get the international world record?

A yellow card suspension in the World Cup qualifying in Azerbaijan (3-0) and a non-nomination for the Portuguese friendly game in Qatar (3-1) postponed the Ronaldo record again in September 2021. For Cristiano Ronaldo, who made his debut against Kazakhstan (1-0) for Portugal on August 20, 2003 and holds further records with five European Championship appearances and 25 European Championship games, the global international record may still be there. World record holder is Soh Chin Ann from Malaysia. The now 71-year-old Malaysian – bronze medalist at the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran – made according to FIFA (Stand: August 2021) from 1969 to 1984 a total of 195 international matches for the “Malaysian Tigers.”

Other statistics such as RSSF (Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation) count 219 caps for Ann. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) leads the Asian with 224 missions.



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