Yossi Benayoun may be past his best, but he will go down in history as one of Israel’s greatest ever footballers. The 34-year-old is currently on the books of newly promoted Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers, having had the fortune to play for Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in his career – three of the world’s biggest clubs.
Benayoun is still going strong, especially for his country, for whom he created a new record on Wednesday. The midfielder came on as a substitute for Eran Zahavi in the 65th minute during Israel’s friendly international against Mexico to become the most capped player in his country’s history. It was his 95th appearance for his nation, one more than current assistant coach Arik Benado.
Even though Israel eventually lost the match 3-0 in Mexico City, Benayoun is still proud of his personal milestone and took to Instagram on Sunday to revel in what he has achieved. He wrote: ‘So proud to be Israel's most capped player! Special moment’.
So proud to be Israel's most capped player! Special moment, http://t.co/fOiquZpgDP— Yossi Benayoun (@YossiBenayoun15) June 1, 2014
At 34, Benayoun is past his best and is out of contract at QPR at the end of this month. He made his name in Spain during his time at Racing Santander, for whom he played for three years. In 2005, he joined West Ham United United and two impressive seasons later earned a big money move to Liverpool. Chelsea came calling in 2010, but from thereon his career started to take a dip towards the south.
The former Maccabi Haifa star failed to make a really big impact at the Blues and played on loan for Arsenal and then his former club West Ham, before finding himself at QPR in December 2013 for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
Benayoun may not have many years left in his legs, but the Israel international will go down in history as one of the best players of his country, and someone who always gave his all for whichever club he played for.