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Sergio Ramos became Europe’s most-capped outfield player as Spain edged their way towards Euro 2020 qualification against Norway at the weekend.

Ramos earned his 168th cap as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Real Madrid defender also became Spain’s record appearance maker, overtaking goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Following the game, the 33-year-old said: “All that is personal is a little secondary.

“I would have happily traded this 168th cap for a victory. It was not the case.

“But this record is a great reward after so many years and it’s a great source of huge pride.

“I am emotional every time I put on this shirt. That will not change and I hope to continue doing so for many years.”

Ramos, though, will have to wait a bit longer for his 169th cap.

The Spain captain picked up a yellow card during the draw with the Norwegians and will serve a one-match suspension.

He will be eligible to return when La Roja host Malta on November 15.

After overtaking Latvia’s Vitalijs Astafjevs at the top of Europe’s outfield caps list, Ramos is now eight behind Gianluigi Buffon’s overall European record of 176 international appearances.

The Real star may also have his sights on the world record held by former Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan, who represented his country 184 times.

Ramos, meanwhile, has been tipped to feature for Spain at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

And he admits such an opportunity would be impossible to turn down.

“It’s early to talk about it, but anyone who had an opportunity like that couldn’t say no to the Olympics,” Ramos said.

“It’s something you can’t refuse. There’s still a lot of time but it’s a nice idea.”


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