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The most capped footballers ever

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The most capped footballers ever

The phrase" being capped" is a metaphorical term that is now used in different sports, namely football. The origin of this term backs to the United Kingdom when in the early days of football they used to award a cap to every player in an international match of association football. But what was the reason? In those days each team didn't have a set of matching shirts that had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.

The practice was first approved on 10 May 1886 for association football after a proposal made by N. Lane Jackson, founder of the Corinthians. Since then this ceremony is applied to other sports but it varies from sport to sport. These days the usage of this term has changed now, players are awarded one cap for every match they play.

The most capped soccer players of all time

Based on the published list of the most capped footballers ever, we have chosen some of most capped football players of all time.

Ahmed Hassan

The most capped footballers ever

The first one on our list of the most capped footballers ever is a retired Egyptian footballer. Ahmed Hassan was born on 2 May 1975 in Maghagha, Egypt. He started his football in Ismaily as a midfielder and later on joined different football clubs such as Aswan- Kocaelispor-Denizlispor-Gençlerbirliği-Beşiktaş-Anderlecht -Al Ahly.Zamalek SC. He was known as a hard-worker and a talented player.

Below is his record:

  • Caps: 184
  • Date of his first cap: 29 December 1995
  • Date of his last cap: 22 May 2012
  • Career span: 16 years and 145 days

Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri

The most capped footballers ever

Our second most capped footballers of all time, is Ahmed Kano who is currently playing in  Al-Markhiya as a midfielder. He was born on 23 February 1985 in Sur, Oman. He started his football in 2000 with Al-Oruba and after five years he joined Al-Rayyan. He has the experiences of playing in different football clubs to name: Al-Ahli, Al-Fateh Dubai, Al-Nasr, Al-Ettifaq, Fanja, Al-Oruba. Muaither, Mesaimeer, Al-Markhiya.

Below is his record as the second most capped footballer of all time:

  • Caps: 179
  • Date of his first cap: 25 September 2003
  • Date of his last cap: 2 December 2019
  • Career span: 16 years and 68 days

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Mohamed Al-Deayea

The most capped footballers ever

Our next most capped footballers of all time is a goalkeeper. Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea was born on 2 August 1972 in Ha'il, Saudi Arabia. He was a goalkeeper for almost two decades but divided his professional career between the clubs Al-Ta'ee and Al-Hilal. At first, he had decided to continue handball as his life-sport but his brother convinced him to become a footballer. This veteran goalkeeper on 22 June 2010 stated his retirement in a friendly match between Al-Hilal and Juventus F.C in the King Fahd Stadium.

Here is his record as the third most capped footballers of all time:

  • Caps: 179
  • Date of his first cap: 9 April 1993
  • Date of his last cap: 11 May 2006
  • Career span: 13 years and 32 days

Bader Al-Mutawa

The most capped footballers ever

Badr Al-Mutawa shares the third rank of the most capped footballers ever, with Mohamed Al-Deayea. Bader Ahmed Al-Mutawa was born on 10 January 1985 in Kuwait City. He has started his professional football career in 2002 with Qadsia. His excellent talents and performances as a forward gained him different professional awards. He was chosen as the 2nd best Asian player in 2006 and in the following year, he stood in the third rank. He is also awarded as the top soccer player in the 20th Arabian Gulf Cup.

Below is his record as the joint-third most capped footballers of all time:

  • Caps: 179
  • Date of his first cap: 4 September 2003
  • Date of his last cap: 2 December 2019
  • Career span: 16 years and 89 days

Claudio Suárez

The most capped footballers ever

The fourth rank of the most capped footballers ever belongs to a Mexican former professional footballer. Claudio Suárez Sánchez was born on 17 December 1968 in Texcoco, Mexico. Growing up in Mexico, he was given the nickname "The Emperor". Suarez started his club career with UNAM Pumas and kept royal to his first side for eight years. After his departure from UNAM he joined Guadalajara-UANL-Chivas USA and after his retirement, he continued his football life as a commentator for Fox Deportes. Suárez is the most capped footballer in Mexico's national team.

Below is his record as the fourth most capped soccer players ever:

  • Caps: 177
  • Date of his first cap: 26 July 1992
  • Date of his last cap: 1 June 2006
  • Career span: 13 years and 310 days

Gianluigi Buffon

The most capped footballers ever

The legendary Buffon is the next one on the list of the most capped footballers ever. GiGi was born on 28 January 1978 in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. At the age of 13, He began his career with the Parma youth system in 1991. He remained with Parma for six years and later on, he joined Turin side " Juventus". He had played for Juve for almost two decades and in 2018 he joined PSG but once again in 2019 rejoined his ever-home, Juve. He has been chosen as the Juventus Greatest XI of All Time in 2017. GiGi's list of honors is endless, indeed he is one of the greatest footballers ever with no substitute at all.

Below is his record as the fifth most capped football players in football of all time:

  • Caps: 176
  • Date of his first cap: 29 October 1997
  • Date of his last cap: 23 March 2018
  • Career span: 20 years, 145 days

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Hossam Hassan

The most capped footballers ever

Hossam Hassan shares the fifth rank of the most capped footballers ever with legendary Buffon. Hossam Hassan Hussein was born on 10 August 1966 in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt. In 1983 he joined Al Ahly to start his football. He spent the majority of his professional career in his hometown club "Al Ahly". He has also played in some different clubs such as PAOK-Neuchâtel Xamax-Al Ain- Zamalek -Al Masry- Tersana-Al Ittihad Alexandria. He is Egypt's all-time top scorer with 68 goals in 176 appearances.

Below is his record as the joint-fifth most capped soccer players in football history:

  • Caps: 176
  • Date of his first cap: 10 September 1985
  • Date of his last cap: 7 February 2006
  • Career span: 20 years and 150 days

Sergio Ramos

The most capped footballers ever

The next one on our list of the most capped footballers ever, is the famous Real Madrid defender, Sergio Romos. Sergio Ramos García was born on 30 March 1986 in Camas, Spain. In 1996, He had started his professional football with Sevilla. After eleven successful spells with Sevilla he joined Real Madrid and from 2005 until this very moment he keeps faithful to the legendary Real Madrid and won several different honors with the club.

Below is his record as the sixth most capped soccer players in football history:

  • Caps: 175
  • Date of his first cap: 26 March 2005
  • Date of his last cap: 13 October 2020
  • Career span: 15 years and 201 days

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Amer Shafi

The most capped footballers ever

Let's continue the list of most capped football players of all time with another goalkeeper. Amer Shafi was born on 14 February 1982 in Amman, Jordan. He started his football career in 1999 with Al-Yarmouk as a midfielder and later on became a goalkeeper. His amazing talents made him the goalkeeper of the Jordan national team. Following his unbelievable performances in 2004, 2011, 2015, and 2019 AFC Asian Cup tournaments, several European clubs offered him a position in their squad, but due to his family condition, he never left Jordan.

Below is his record as seventh most capped players in football history:

  • Caps: 173
  • Date of his first cap: 17 August 2002
  • Date of his last cap: 19 November 2019
  • Career span: 17 years and 94 days

Iván Hurtado

The most capped footballers ever

The eighth most capped soccer players of all time is an Ecuadorian former professional footballer who is also the most capped South American male footballer of all time. Iván Jacinto Hurtado Angulo was born on 16 August 1974 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. At the age of 16, He started his career with the small club of his hometown, Esmeraldas Petrolero, and a year later he moved on to one of Ecuador's biggest clubs in Guayaquil, Emelec. During his professional career, he was known as BamBam for ramming the football with his feet like the Hanna-Barbera character does with his club.

Below is his record as the eighth most capped footballers ever:

  • Caps: 168
  • Date of his first cap: 24 May 1992
  • Date of his last cap: 14 October 2014
  • Career span: 22 years and 143 days

Vitālijs Astafjevs

The most capped footballers ever

The ninth rank of the most soccer players in football history is shared by three famous footballers. The first one is Vitālijs Astafjevs. He was born on 3 April 1971 in Riga, Latvian SSR, and Soviet Union (Now the Republic of Latvia). He had started his professional football career with Skonto Riga in 1992 and shortly after became the top scorer of the league with 19 goals in 28 matches. Vitalijs as the Latvian footballer of Year, from his football debut until his retirement, played in different football clubs such as Austria ViennaBristol Rovers,  Admira Wacker, Rubin Kazan,  RFs/ Olimps, Ventspils.

Below is his record as the joint-ninth most capped players in football history:

  • Caps: 167
  • Date of his first cap: 26 August 1992
  • Date of his last cap: 17 November 2010
  • Career span: 18 years and 83 days

Iker Casillas

The most capped footballers ever

The second player who places as the joint-ninth most capped football players of all time is Iker Casillas, the popular well-known La Liga goalkeeper. Iker Casillas Fernández was born on 20 May 1981 in Móstoles, Madrid, Spain. He had started his youth football career in Real Madrid youth academy in 1990 and after eight years got promoted to the main team squad. He is indeed one of the most faithful soccer players in football history. He remained with Real Madrid until the end of 2015 and after almost 25 years he joined Porto. Casillas is widely known as the greatest ever goalkeeper, he holds the record for the cleanest sheets in the UEFA Champions League, as well as for the Spain national team.

Below is his record:

  • Caps: 167
  • Date of his first cap: 3 June 2000
  • Date of his last cap: 1 June 2016
  • Career span: 15 years and 364 days

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Cristiano Ronaldo

The most capped footballers ever

The third player who places as the joint-ninth most capped football players of all time is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. He was born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. In 1992 He joined Andorinha to start his professional football. He had been through a rough time but eventually, destiny made him a five-time Ballon d'Or winner. Ronaldo is considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. For six years He had played in Man United and then joined Real Madrid and after nine years he made his fans surprised and joined Turin's side in 2018. To this very moment, He has won 30 major trophies in his career.

Below is his record as the joint-ninth most capped players in football history:

  • Caps: 167
  • Date of his first cap: 20 August 2003 
  • Date of his last cap: 11 October 2020
  • Career span: 7 years and 52 days

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Andrés Guardado

The most capped footballers ever

The 10th rank of the most capped footballers ever, is shared with two footballers, one from Latin America and the other from North America. The little prince of Mexico is the next player on the list the most capped soccer players in football history. José Andrés Guardado Hernández was born on 28 September 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the age of seven, he started playing professionally for Atlas FC, joining the team's youth system, and having passed two years, he could break into the main team. He is currently playing in Betis and before that, he had played in different clubs to name: Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, and PSV.

Below is his record as 10th most capped footballer players of all time:

  • Caps: 164
  • Date of his first cap: 14 December 2005
  • Date of his last cap: 13 October 2020
  • Career span: 14 years and 304 days

Cobi Jones

The most capped footballers ever

Cobi N'Gai Jones, the former soccer player and the current analyst for the Los Angeles Galaxy is our next most capped football players of all time. He was born on June 16, 1970, in Detroit, Michigan, the U.S. In 1985 He had started his football with Westlake Warriors and later on continued his football in UCLA Bruins college team and later in Coventry City, Vasco da Gama, LA Galaxy. He is currently the all-time leader of the United States in appearances.

Below is his record as the joint- 10th most capped footballer players of all time:

  • Caps: 164
  • Date of his first cap: 13 September 1992
  • Date of his last cap: 9 October 2004
  • Career span: 12 years and 36 days

Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi

The most capped footballers ever

Mohammed Saleh Al-Khilaiwi was born on;‎ 21 August 1971 in  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He started his football as a defender with Al-Ittihad. He had also played in Al Arabi-Al-Ahli- Ohod. He died on 13 June 2013 in Al-Salam hospital in Jeddah. He died from heart failure.

Below is his record:

  • Caps: 163
  • Date of his first cap: 20 October 1992
  • Date of his last cap: 5 October 2001
  • Career span: 8 years and 350 days

Maynor Figueroa

The most capped footballers ever

The 12th most capped football players of all time is a Honduran professional footballer who plays as a center-back or left-back. Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez was born on 2 May 1983 in Jutiapa, Honduras. He had started his professional football career with Victoria in 1993 and soon got promoted to the main team squad. The captain of the Honduras national football team spent the majority of his football life with Wigan Athletic but he had also played in different clubs such as Olimpia, Hull CityColorado Rapids,  FC Dallas,  Houston Dynamo.

Below is his record:

  • Caps: 162
  • Date of his first cap: 31 January 2003
  • Date of his last cap: 17 November 2019
  • Career span: 16 years and 290 days

Adnan Al Talyani

The most capped footballers ever

Our list of the most capped soccer players ever, reaches the 13th rank. Adnan Khamis Mohammed Obaid Al-Talyani Al Suwaidi was born on 30 October 1964 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. At the age of 8 he started playing volleyball but then he got interested in football and started playing street football in Sharjah. In 1979 he managed to join Al Shaab Club and played out his entire club career there until 1999. This one-man club forward got retired in 2003.

Below is his record:

  • Caps: 161
  • Date of his first cap: 10 March 1984
  • Date of his last cap: 17 December 1997
  • Career span: 13 years and 282 days

Essam El Hadary

The most capped footballers ever

The 14th rank of the most capped footballers ever, is placed by another goalkeeper. Essam Kamal Tawfiq El Hadary was born on 15 January 1973 in Kafr El Battikh, Damietta, Egypt. He had started his football career without his parent's knowledge, washing his muddy clothes in a local river after playing to avoid them knowing. He then joined Damietta's local side in 1991. he has spent the largest portion of his club career with Al Ahly but he had also played in the following clubs Sion,  Ismaily,  Zamalek, Al Merreikh,  Al Ittihad Alexandria, Wadi Degla, Al-Taawoun, Nogoom. He is also the oldest player in history to play in a World Cup match.

Below is his record as the 14th  most capped soccer players in football history:

  • Caps: 159
  • Date of his first cap: 25 March 1996
  • Date of his last cap: 25 June 2018
  • Career span: 22 years and 92 days

Together we have scrolled the list of the most capped footballers ever which is definitely not limited to the names above. There are some other famous and even young soccer players who have submitted their names to the list of the most capped football players ever. Do you think keeping this sort of record affects the young generation of football? Could it be considered as a source of inspiration? You can share your points of view in the comment section.

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