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Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha, better known as Nani, has landed Down Under.
The former Manchester United star has signed with A-League club Melbourne Victory in a deal which will keep him at AAMI Park until the end of the 2023/24 season.
There have been rumours swirling for what seems like months now, but Victory finally put the speculation to bed by announcing the signing of the Portuguese international.
“We’re proud to be able to recruit a player like Nani to our club and believe he will be an incredible asset for Melbourne Victory and the entire A-League,” Victory coach Tony Popovic said.
“He has enjoyed an incredibly successful career at both club level and international level and we believe his quality and experience will be key in achieving our ambitions this season.”
A four-time Premier League winner with almost 150 Manchester United appearances under his belt, Nani arrives in the A-League with plenty of hype.
“I have spoken with the coach, and I know that Melbourne Victory is a club that wants to achieve success and I want to play a role in helping the team achieve that,” Nani said.
“From what I have seen, the fans in Melbourne are not only the best in the league but they rival the atmosphere in Europe and I’m looking forward to being a part of that on the field in a Victory shirt and playing for them this season.”
Not only did he impress in a Red Devils shirt, picking up a cheeky Champions League winner's medal along the way, but Nani has also been a stalwart in the Portuguese national team over the past decade or so.
He was part of the famous Portugal side who upset the odds and defeated France to win the 2016 European Championships.
Oh, and who could forget those iconic backflip celebrations he whipped out too?!
News of his signing sent Aussie football fans, particularly Victory supporters, into meltdown on social media with some even suggesting he could be the greatest A-League signing of all-time.
Well, we shall have to wait and see.
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