The veteran defender has brought up another milestone and is closing in on an extraordinary record.
Luis Enrique praised “unique” Sergio Ramos after the Spain captain equalled Buffon’s record in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Dutch.
Ramos was brought on five minutes from time for his 176th international appearance, 15 years after making his debut.
The Real Madrid center-back can overtake Buffon as Europe’s most-capped international should he feature against Switzerland.
He is within eight appearances of the caps record, which is held by Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan.
Spain head coach Luis Enrique praised Ramos for matching Buffon’s tally.
“Sergio is unique. He is on a different level,” he said after the match. “The appearance record is only within the reach of those who are very gifted.”
Spain has won only two matches this year but Enrique insisted he is happy with where his side are at ahead games with Switzerland and Germany.
“I have a good feeling because this was a complicated game for us,” he said. “We had some good phases, although in the second half we became a little bit more disorganized.
“But in general I am satisfied with my side, who showed a good attitude. We had a plan in place to bring in some fresh players ahead of the two competitive matches. I am more than satisfied with what I have seen.”