Spain captain Sergio Ramos reached a new world record for most international wins and dedicated it to his late friend Jose Antonio Reyes.
Ramos scored the opening goal on Friday night as Spain defeated the Faroe Islands 4-1 in a Euro 2020 qualifier. The result enabled him to surpass his former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas for the record of most international wins at 122.
The centre-back has enjoyed glorious a 14-year spell representing his country having won a World Cup and two European Championships. He’s even made 164 appearances and scored 19 times.
Now Ramos has paid tribute to his old Sevilla colleague Reyes, who tragically died in a road accident last week in Spain.
“After the tragedy of our friend Reyes, what better way to remember him than by breaking a record with a headed goal – that’s very significant for me,” Ramos told the Spanish football federation on YouTube.
🤯 @SergioRamos has broken the record for most wins ever in international football:
🇪🇸 Sergio Ramos (122)
🇪🇸 Iker Casillas (121)
🇪🇸 Xavi (100)
🇪🇸 Andres Iniesta (96)
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo (92)
👏 Spanish dominance. pic.twitter.com/7krAnvt6Fi
— SPORF (@Sporf) June 8, 2019
“It’s for Jose Antonio’s whole family and in his memory. May he rest in peace.
“I’m tremendously proud to break this world record. It’s something that’s said quickly, but ultimately, it’s been many games and many years here [with the national team].
“To have a world record for wins and to be the player who has the most is a joy that makes you excited to keep working and coming back to the national team.
“Hopefully, we can keep winning. It would be a great sign.”
Ramos and Spain will return to action on Monday in Madrid for a top of the table clash with Sweden in Group F. As things stand, La Roja hold a two-point lead in the standings.