Maduro leaves Netherlands for Cyprus

Moment of the Matchday – Matchday 23

The forgotten talent of Dutch football, Hedwiges Maduro, has left the Eredivisie for the second time, joining Cypriot First Division side Omonia.

Maduro, who will undergo a routine medical on Thursday to complete the move following his release from Groningen, was once hailed as the Netherlands' next superstar midfielder.

After breaking into the Ajax first team in 2004 as a fresh-faced teenager, the technically-gifted defensive midfielder earned rave reviews around Europe by helping De Joden lift back-to-back KNVB Beker titles.

Maduro was fast-tracked into the senior national team and after four seasons, amassing 107 appearances and scoring 11 goals, he joined Spanish outfit Valencia to develop further under the management of Ronald Koeman.

After winning the Copa del Rey trophy in 2007/08 and collecting 18 caps for the Oranje, his career has been on a downward spiral – with spells at Sevilla, PAOK, Groningen and now his latest adventure in Cyprus.

"I wanted another adventure," he told the club's website. "I am now 32 years old and I just want to play football. 

"I have had contact with Boy Waterman the goalkeeper of APOEL Nicosia and my old team-mate in Jong Oranje and we spoke about life in Cyprus. It is a nice country."