Doha, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – June 25, 2021): Veteran Kuwaiti footballer Bader al-Mutawa became the world’s most capped international player when he faced Bahrain in an Arab Cup qualifier at Doha Friday.
For the 36-year-old forward, who scored two goals on his international debut in 2003, it was his 185th appearance for the national team, breaking a record long held by retired Egyptian star Ahmed Hassan.
But there are many top players in the race to break Mutawa’s record.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, is set to mark his 179th international appearance this Sunday by beating Portugal against Belgium, the highest-ranked team in the world, in the round of 16 of Euro 2020.
Portugal came out on top after a 2-2 draw with France in Budapest on Wednesday, with Ronaldo scoring two penalties that saw him equal the all-time international record of 109 goals set by Iranian Ali Daei.
Another contender is veteran Spain defender Sergio Ramos, who made 180 international appearances but was excluded from the national team for Euro 2020.
Mutawa began his international career on September 4, 2003, in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier at the age of 18 and 237 days old.
Since his debut with the “Blues” of the Gulf, the Kuwaiti captain has faced 44 different national teams and scored 54 goals.
The 2021 Arab Cup is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 18 in Doha, a year before hosting the 2022 World Cup.