This is a page full of stories and records that are changing for Andorran football. Ildefons Lima Sola, better known as Ildefons Lima, played his last international match this Tuesday with the Andorra team. 1M92 The central defender left a selection at the age of 43, having worn the colors 137 times, a record.
Ildefonso Lima collected some records. Apart from the selection, he is also rated as the top scorer in Andorra with 11 goals. Statistics that may be entertaining, but which should be measured on the scale of a modest selection that has only existed officially since 1996. Lima also made his debut in the “Tricolor” (nickname of the selection) jersey during the second match against Andorra. History, 22 June 1997 in Estonia (4–1 defeat).
In the Guinness Book of Records
But his most famous record, and one that won’t be easy to break, is that of the longest international career in the history of men’s football*. From his debut in 1997 at the age of 17 to his last match in Switzerland at the age of 43, he defended the Andorran jersey for more than 26 years, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Registered. In 2021.
*: The record for the longest international career is held by Brazilian Forminga, who played more than 200 matches with the Seleção between 1995 and November 2021.
Ildefonse Lima has faced great players in his career such as Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann (photo), Wayne Rooney… (F. Fougère/L’Equipe).
Andorra has only had 13 wins in its history. Ildefonse Lima participated in less than half of them (6). He especially missed the biggest win in the history of the selection in 2021 against San Marino (3-0).
His club career has been less than spectacular. The native of Barcelona has traveled a lot between Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and Italy, without winning a single trophy outside the Andorran championship, where he still plays with FC Andorra.
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