Spain’s 3-0 win over Nigeria in the Confederations Cup not only confirmed first place in the group and a semi-final against Italy, but also marked an important milestone for Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa – his 50th cap.
The defender, who normally plays in the centre but can operate on the flanks, reached the landmark five years after making his debut for Spain in 2008.
The game was a friendly match against Italy on March 26 2008, which La Roja won 1-0. Since then he has been a regular pick in squads for various competitions.
Arbeloa was part of the squad when Spain won the Eurocopa in 2008 and 2012, the World Cup in 2010 – possibly the finest moment for Spanish sport.
Having been part of the squad that finished third in the Confederations Cup in 2009, Arbeloa will be keen to add another trophy with his national side in Brazil this summer.