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Ronaldo breaks the international record of his Real Madrid teammate

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal win over World Cup hosts Qatar in 2022 and made a little more history at Sergio Ramos’ expense.

Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken former Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos as the best European men’s player in international football.

The Portuguese captain won his 181st international match in a 3-0 friendly against Qatar on Saturday, pushing himself out of the all-time rankings ahead of Ramos, who made 180 caps for Spain.

Ronaldo celebrated his milestone evening in style by scoring his 112th international goal, putting Portugal ahead. He left the field for national player Rafael Leao at halftime.

Jose Fonte and Andre Silva added two more goals later in the second half to seal a solid win for Fernando Santos’ men in the Algarve.

Portugal return to their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday. If Ronaldo plays, he will play his 182nd international game – just 13 caps behind the world record set by Malaysian player Soh Chin Ann in 195.

Top 10 European men’s players with the most international matches

# player country Caps
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 🇵🇹 181
2. Sergio Ramos 🇪🇸 180
3. Gianluigi Buffon 🇮🇹 176
4th Vitālijs Astafjevs 🇱🇻 167
5. Iker Casillas 🇪🇸 167
6th Martin rhyme 🇪🇪 157
7th Lothar Matthäus 🇩🇪 150
8th. Not so Svensson 🇸🇪 148
9. Robbie Keane 🇮🇪 146
10. Anatoliy Tymoshchu 🇺🇦 144

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