Casillas becomes most capped player in European history

The Porto shot-stopper turned out for Spain in their international friendly against South Korea to earn his 167th cap for La Roja and set a new appearance record
Iker Casillas has become the most capped player in European history after making his 167th appearance for Spain against South Korea on Wednesday.

The Porto man turned out between the sticks for La Roja in their Euro 2016 warm-up clash in Germany to set a new European international appearance record.

Casillas, who is currently Spain's second choice goalkeeper behind David de Gea, was level on 166 caps with former Latvia midfielder Vitalijs Astafjevs before facing South Korea.



The 32-year-old's feat is the latest highlight of what has been a sparkling career on the international stage, having helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup as well as the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Casillas represented his country at Under-15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 21 level before receiving his first senior Spain cap against Sweden on 3 June, 2000.




The shot-stopper was first made Spain captain in 2008 and after helping them win the World Cup two years later, he became the third skipper to ever lift football's biggest prize, the Champions League and also the European Championships alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps.

And on 5 September, 2015, Casillas kept a clean sheet on his 100th appearance as captain in Vicente del Bosque's side's 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Slovakia.