SERGIO Ramos has set his sights firmly on the next two years as he reveals his plans to emulate his hero, Paolo Maldini.
In Spain’s clash with Norway tonight, Ramos seals his place in Spanish football history by earning his 169th appearance for his country, beating Iker Casillas’s previous record of 167.
In an interview given to Spanish media ahead of his country’s clash, 38 year old Sergio announced his plans to continue until his 40th Birthday, emulating Italian legend Maldini.
In the short term, Ramos’s sights are firmly set on Real Madrid’s Clasico against Barcelona on 26 October.
He also has his thoughts on the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup and even representing his country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are keen to mark the player’s milestone with a special celebration gathering all of the country’s highest cap winners for a tribute event in the player’s honour.
However, RFEF president Luis Rubiales’ idea is proving easier said than done. “It’s very hard to get them all in the same place at the same time, but the governing body are working hard to find a suitable a date.”
Spain coach Robert Moreno praised the defender this week, “He’s a special player who the dressing room look at with respect and admiration,”
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also heaped tributes on his team mate, “he’s a privilege to have a centre-back like Sergio in front of me – he’s certainly one of the most respected players in his position in world football.”
“He’s an example to every young player coming through at the club.” He continued.