Sergio Ramos becomes the most capped European international in history with 177 appearances, surpassing Gianluigi Buffon

SPAIN legend Sergio Ramos made history tonight and became the most capped European international in history.

The Real Madrid defender, 34, made his 177th appearance for his country in a Nations League match against Switzerland.

Ramos, so often the scourge of many of the world's best forwards, overtook Italian goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon to break the record.

It's been 15 years since the bullish centre back first appeared for Spain.

Ramos was just 18 years and 361 days of age when he made his debut for La Furia Roja in 2005 in a 3-0 win over China.

He was the youngest player to ever appear for his country, until Cesc Fabregas broke his record a year later in a friendly against Ivory Coast.

Ramos has enjoyed a stellar career at international level.

In 2008, he was ever-present in a Spain side that went on to win the European Championships.

Two years later, Ramos added a World Cup winners' medal – impressing at right back and earning a place in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.

In 2012, Ramos boosted his international honours with another European Championships as Spain thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final.

Again, his performances saw him selected in the Team of the Tournament.

Two years later, Ramos added a World Cup winners' medal – impressing at right back and earning a place in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.

In 2012, Ramos boosted his international honours with another European Championships as Spain thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final.

Again, his performances saw him selected in the Team of the Tournament.

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