Jose Fonte: From England’s third tier to European Champion

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Written for Life After Football Magazine

Portugal’s victorious side of Euro 2016 is a team who prospered in spite of the odds being against them. It is unlikely that any other player in the squad has experienced a career which embodies this spirit as much as defender, José Fonte.

Leaving Sporting Lisbon as a youngster without breaking into the first team once, European Championship winner, Fonte’s route to the top was neither straightforward nor conventional. Despite being part of the same youth team as Cristiano Ronaldo from the age of 13, the careers of these two players would take very different paths before merging once more in the current glory of Portugal’s international side.

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