Who Has the Most Caps in World Soccer History?

When it comes to soccer, there are few records more prestigious than the number of international caps a player has earned. A cap is given to a player each time they represent their country in an international match. It’s a symbol of a player’s longevity, skill, and dedication to their national team.

So who holds the record for the most international caps in world soccer history? Let’s take a look at the top five players:

1. Ahmed Hassan – 184 Caps

Ahmed Hassan of Egypt is widely considered to be the most-capped male footballer in history, having played an incredible 184 times for his national team. He made his debut for Egypt back in 1995 and continued playing until his retirement from international football in 2012.

2. Hossam Hassan – 169 Caps

Hossam Hassan, twin brother of Ahmed, is also a former Egyptian footballer who played as a striker and earned an impressive 169 caps for his country. He made his debut one year before his brother and retired from international football in 2006.

3. Mohamed Al-Deayea – 178 Caps

Mohamed Al-Deayea was a Saudi Arabian goalkeeper who holds the record for the most appearances by any goalkeeper in international football with an incredible 178 caps. He played for Saudi Arabia from 1990 until his retirement in 2006.

4. Claudio Suárez – 177 Caps

Claudio Suárez is a former Mexican defender who played for his national team from 1992 until 2006, earning a total of 177 caps. He was known as “El Emperador” (The Emperor) by Mexican fans and was part of several successful Mexican teams throughout the years.

5. Gianluigi Buffon – 176 Caps

Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian goalkeeper who has had a long and successful career at both club and international level. He holds the record for the most appearances by any Italian player with 176 caps, having made his debut in 1997 and retiring from international football in 2018.


These players have all left their mark on international football, not just for their impressive number of caps but also for their skill, dedication, and longevity. It’s clear that earning a cap for your country is a special achievement, and those who have earned the most have truly made history in the world of soccer.