Former Leicester defender changed citizenship and later made his debut for Israel vs. Iceland at the age of 32

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Miguel Vitor spent a season on loan at Leicester as far back as 2010-2011. He played 15 league games and scored 3 goals.

Signed from Benfica and at that time a very promising player who could have gone all the way, but for some life do change as they follow other patterns of football.

Miguel Vitor left Leicester after his loan spell and returned to Benfica, and after a season in the b-team made a move to PAOK in Greece. He had his real breakthrough in Greece and spent three years there, playing 83 league games, scoring 8 goals.

Despite his good efforts at PAOK, he was released in 2016 and made a career move that also became his new path in life as Israel and Hapoel Be’er Sheva came in for him. He is still with the club at the age of 33 and to date made 124 league appearances and scored 12 goals.

Miguel Vitor applied for Israel citizenship last year and has since gone on to play 3 times for the national team, making his debut recently vs. Iceland in a 2-2 home draw.

His presence in Israel is huge and he just renewed his contract with Hapoel Be’er Sheva. He was in 2017 voted player of the year and also captaining his team. The first defender since 1979 to receive such an award.

Some might see their career slowing down at 33, but for Miguel Vitor it is far from it as he looks on a new season with great promise.

He has also marked his name in European action getting into the Europa League team of the week back in 2016/17. He is a Greek runners-up medalist, a winner of the Israel league in 2016/17 and2017/18.

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