Montpellier captain Hilton signs contract extension at 42

MONTPELLIER (France): Montpellier veteran captain Vitorino Hilton has signed an extension to his contract that will keep him at the club for another season, the Ligue 1 suit announced on Friday.

The Brazilian center back, who turns 43 in September, would become a free agent in June and had spoken of retiring, but decided to continue.

Is this the end of the end? We'll see, said the club president Laurent Nicollin . We are delighted that he continues the adventure with us for another year before we sell him to NASA so they can examine his body.

Hilton has played in France since 2004 and joined Montpellier from Marseille in 2011.

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I think it will be the last, so for me it is the best of all, Hilton said of his contract. It is even more than a dream.

Having the opportunity to play at the highest level in 43 is exceptional for me. I'm going to make the most of it.

Hilton has played 483 matches in Ligue 1, some way short of the record of 586 for an outfield player set by Alain Giresse . Hilton won league titles with Marseille in 2010 and with Montpellier in 2012.

Montpellier were eighth in Ligue 1 when the season was ended by the coronavirus pandemic, and Hilton had played 33 times in all competitions.