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Joao Moutinho posts on Instagram after racking up 140th appearance for Portugal

Portugal took on Luxembourg on Tuesday night, and there was yet another appearance for Wolverhampton Wanderers star Joao Moutinho.

The 35-year-old started alongside in a midfield three alongside Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha.

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He played around 65 minutes before being replaced by Joao Mario.

That was Moutinho’s 140th cap for his country. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (180) has more.

It is a remarkable achievement by the ex-AS Monaco man.

It is a clear indicator that this is a player who has been operating at the top level for most of his professional career.

Not only that, it is a reminder that the player is very rarely injured. And if he is, he’s never out for too long.

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He’s highly unlikely to overtake Ronaldo for caps, but there’s a chance he will be in second for a good while.

The player closest to him who is still active is 38-year-old centre-back Pepe on 122.

After reaching his latest milestone, Moutinho took to Instagram.

He wrote ‘Objectivo cumprido para estes dois jogos’, which translates to ‘Objective fulfilled for these two games’.

Lots of fans have responded to Moutinho’s post, including some of his teammates.

Wolves captain Conor Coady commented ‘The Master’.

And Bruno Fernandes said ‘Que qualidade baixinho’, which roughly translates to ‘What quality shorty’.