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Montpellier Captain Breaks Record and Sees Red

Montpellier Captain Breaks Record and Sees Red Photo: TT
Montpellier Captain Breaks Record and Sees Red

Montpellier captain Hilton became the oldest player to play in Ligue 1 for 64 years on Tuesday night, when he appeared against Lyon on Tuesday night. It was a mixed night for the 43-year old though his side won 2-1, but he was sent off for two yellow cards just before the final whistle.

That appearance made him the oldest man to play in any of the top five European leagues since Marco Balotta made his last appearance in a Lazio shirt at the age of 44 in 2008.

Meanwhile, in terms of France itself, not since Troyes striker Roger Courtois played in a league match in 1956 at the age of 44, has an older man featured in a top flight match in French football.

The centre-back was born in Brazil and began his career with Chapecoense (the club blighted by the air crash that killed most of their first-team squad in 2016), before moving to Europe with the Swiss club Sevette in 2002. He switched to France, initially in a loan move to Bastia, before joining Lens, and later Marseille,

In 2011 he joined Montpellier and has been there ever since, making more than 300 games for them in all competitions.

Three years ago, he became the oldest Ligue 1 goal scorer, although that record has since been eclipsed by Benjamin Nivet who plays for Troyes.

Hilton though, still has a long way to go I he wants to become the oldest current professional footballer. That honour belongs to the Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura, who plays for Yokohama FC, and started a league match for them last month aged 53 years and 5 months old.

Now in his 36th year of professional football, Miura earned himself a place in the Guinness World Records three years ago when he surpassed Sir Stanley Matthews record for the oldest player to score a competitive league goal.

Neither Hilton nor Miura have any imminent plans to retire just yet, so the pair could yet set more records before they finally hang up their boots.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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