Wednesday 26 July 2017

Portugal's Southampton defender Jose Fonte completed the unlikeliest trophy double in football last night

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Jose Fonte of Portugal poses with the trophy following the UEFA Euro 2016 final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Jose Fonte of Portugal poses with the trophy following the UEFA Euro 2016 final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

All the Portugal players were delighted after leading their nation to its first ever major tournament victory, but winning Euro 2016 might have been extra special for Jose Fonte.

The solid centre back played in Portugal for five years on a number of smaller teams before moving to England in 2007, first playing for Crystal Palace before joining Southampton in 2010.

The 32-year-old has been an integral part in the Saints' journey from League One to an established Premier League outfit, and one Twitter user pointed out a particularly good stat that highlights how far Fonte has come.

After last night's 1-0 win over France, the Portuguese defender is now the only player to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and the European Championship. That particularly unusual trophy double is a testament to how much Fonte has improved during his time at Southampton.

A Fantasy Football regular is ever there was one and a player who has developed into one of the Premier League's most reliable defenders.

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