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Factbox: All-time most-capped players in men’s soccer



Factbox: All-time most-capped players in men’s soccer

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Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa celebrates after scoring against Yemen during their Gulf Cup tournament soccer match in Isa Town January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

The following are the top 10 most capped players in men’s soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to set a new record by making his 197th appearance for Portugal in their European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein on Thursday:

1 Bader Al-Mutawa Kuwait 196 2003
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 196 2003
3 Soh Chin Ann Malaysia 195 1969
4 Ahmed Hassan Egypt 184 1995
5 Ahmed Mubarak Oman 183 2003
6 Sergio Ramos Spain 180 2005
7 Andres Guardado Mexico 179 2005
8 Mohamed Al-Deayea Saudi Arabia 178 1993
9 Claudio Suarez Mexico 177 1992
10 Gianluigi Buffon Italy 176 1997



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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