Sergio Ramos: longest return in La Liga history
Sergio Ramos set a new all-time record in the Spanish League just after his return in Sevilla after very long break.
The gap between his last league game for Sevilla in the first spell (on 28 August 2005 vs Racing Santander) and his first league game for Sevilla in the second spell (on 17 September 2023 vs Union Las Palmas) is 18 years 20 days.
This is now the longest gap between a player’s two successive games for the same club in the history of La Liga.
Sergio Ramos has surpassed the ex-record holder Pepe Reina who made his recent return to Villarreal after 17 years 216 days.
Here is the ranking of Spain’s longest returns.
|LONGEST||GAP||BETWEEN||TWO||SUCCESSIVE||GAMES||FOR SAME TEAM|
|Player||Team||Gap (Y-D)||Date 1||First Game||Date 2||Second Game|
|1||Sergio Ramos||Sevilla||18-020||28/08/2005||Racing 1:0||17/09/2023||Las Palmas 1:0|
|2||Pepe Reina||Villarreal||17-216||29/05/2005||Levante 4:1||31/12/2022||Valencia 2:1|
|3||Xisco Campos||Mallorca||14-220||09/01/2005||La Coruña 2:2||17/08/2019||Eibar 2:1|
|4||Toni Prats||Mallorca||13-318||02/11/1991||Athletic Bilbao 1:2||17/09/2005||Real Sociedad 5:2|
|5||Ángel||Las Palmas||13-299||10/05/2002||Real Sociedad 1:1||05/03/2016||Villarreal 1:0|
|6||Juan Carlos Unzué||Osasuna||13-110||07/05/1988||Celta 3:0||25/08/2001||Celta 0:3|