Peru coach Ricardo Gareca found out just how reliable Miguel Araujo is when he was forced to field the youngster in a 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Ecuador. With the regular first-choice centre-back unavailable and his replacement sustaining an injury just before kick-off, Araujo - who had only previously played in one international friendly - stepped in and excelled.
He only featured in four qualifiers on the road to Russia 2018, but two of those were high-pressure matches against Uruguay and away to Argentina. It was in that latter assignment in particular that the self-confessed Carles Puyol fan demonstrated his strength, character and maturity, playing with poise where he had previously been hot-tempered.
Araujo made his top-flight debut for Cobresol at the age of 17 and three years later, in 2014, was given his first experience on the senior international stage against Paraguay. Following a brief spell in Serbia he returned to Peru with Alianza Lima, where he has also played at right-back.