SYDNEY: Former Portugal and Manchester United winger Luis Nani has signed for Australian side Melbourne Victory in one of the A-League’s biggest moves in years.
The 35-year-old will join a two-year contract with Italian club Venezia, following spells in the United States, Spain and Turkey since leaving United in 2015.
“We are proud to be able to sign a player like Nani to our club and believe he will be an incredible asset to Melbourne Victory and the entire A-League,” head coach Tony Popovic said in a statement.
“He has enjoyed an incredibly successful career both at club and international level and we believe his quality and experience will be key to achieving our ambitions this season.”
Nani, who was capped 112 times for Portugal and won the Premier League four times with Manchester United after joining the club from Old Trafford in 2007, is arguably the biggest name to play Australian club football since Alessandro Del Piero in 2012.
“I’m delighted to come to the A-League with Melbourne Victory and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead of us,” said Nani, who was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning squad.
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Melbourne Victory will face Manchester United in a friendly on Friday, as part of the English club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, but Nani is not expected to be available to face his former side.