Nani (football player)

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (born 17 November 1986), better known as Nani, is a Portuguese football winger who plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and the Portugal national team. Born in Praia, Cape Verde, Nani emigrated with his family to Portugal at an early age. He was raised by his aunt Antonia in the Amadora district of Lisbon, where he and childhood friend, midfielder Manuel Fernandes would often kick a ball about together. Nani grew up supporting Porto, and played junior football alongside Ricardo Vaz Té at Massamá youth club Real Sport Clube, before joining the youth squad of Sporting CP. Nani made his debut for Sporting in 2005–06, making 29 appearances and scoring four goals. In his second season, he had similar numbers with twenty-nine appearances and five goals. He also played in six European games, scoring they claim Nani was sold to Manchester United for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £14–17 million, five percent of which was paid to Real de Massamá. He passed his medical on 6 June 2007, and signed a five-year contract. Nani scored on his debut in a pre-season friendly against Shenzhen Shangqingyin, in which United ran out 6-0...


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