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Nani
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Personal information
Full name Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha
Date of birth 17 November 1986 (1986-11-17) (age 35)
Place of birth    Praia, Flag of Cape Verde Cape Verde
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Flag of Italy Venezia
Number TBA
Youth clubs
2000–2003
2003–2005
Flag of Portugal Real Massamá
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2005–2007
2007–2015
2014-2015
2015–2016
2016–2018
2017–2018
2018–2019
2019–2021
2022–
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP
Flag of England Manchester United
Flag of PortugalSporting CP (loan)
Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe
Flag of Spain Valencia
Flag of Italy → Lazio (loan)
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP
Flag of United States Orlando City
Flag of Italy Venezia
058 00(9)
147 0(25)
027 00(7)
028 00(8)
025 00(5)
018 00(3)
013 00(6)
077 0(28)
0000(0)   
National team
2006–2009
2006
2006–2017
Flag of Portugal Portugal U-21
Flag of Portugal Portugal B
Flag of Portugal Portugal
011 00(1)
0000(0)
112 0(24)

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger for Venezia F.C. in Serie A. Although predominantly right-footed, he has been utilised on the left wing on many occasions.

Nani was born in Cape Verde and emigrated to Europe with his family at an early age. He was raised in Portugal and began his football career playing for local side Real Massamá. At the age of nine, he began training with Sporting Clube de Portugal and S.L. Benfica on alternate days, eventually joining Sporting's youth squad after they offered him pre-season training. In 2005, he made his professional debut with the club and won the Portuguese Cup during his second season with them. Nani was named the SJPF Young Player of the Month for May 2007 and his performances with Sporting culminated into a move to English club side Manchester United in July 2007 for a fee of €25 million.

Nani won the Community Shield on his competitive debut at Manchester United and has since added a number of trophies, which included the Premier League and Champions League during his debut season at the club. He has established himself as first-choice winger at United and has won a further Premier League title, the Football League Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, and three Community Shield titles. Individually, Nani has been included in the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Premier League Team of the Year on one occasion and was a nominee for the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2011.

Nani is also a Portugal international. After first playing at under-21 level, he made his debut for the senior Portugal team in September 2006 in a friendly match against Denmark and scored his first goal during the 4–2 defeat in Copenhagen. Nani has represented his country at four major tournaments, including three European Championships: he took part at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 European Championships, reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2012, and winning Euro 2016; he also participated at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Portugal. Since his debut, he has made over 100 international appearances and scored 24 goals.

Honours

Clubs

Sporting CP
Manchester United

International

Portugal

Individual

  • SJPF Young Player of the Month (1): May 2007
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year (1): 2010–11
  • Manchester United Players' Player of the Year (1): 2010–11
  • SJPF Player of the Month: October/November 2014
  • Sporting CP Footballer of the Year: 2015
  • MLS All-Star: 2019, 2021

External links

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Portugal – UEFA Euro 2008

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Portugal – UEFA Euro 2012

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Portugal – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage

1. Eduardo 2. B. Alves 3. Pepe 4. Veloso 5. Coentrão 6. William 7. C. Ronaldo (c) 8. Moutinho 9. H. Almeida 10. Vieirinha 11. Éder 12. Patrício 13. Costa 14. Neto 15. Rafa 16. Meireles 17. Nani 18. Varela 19. A. Almeida 20. Amorim 21. Pereira 22. Beto 23. H. Postiga

  • Manager: Flag of Portugal Paulo Bento
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Portugal – UEFA Euro 2016 – Winners

1. Patrício 2. B. Alves 3. Pepe 4. Fonte 5. Guerreiro 6. Carvalho 7. C. Ronaldo 8. Moutinho 9. Éder 10. J. Mário 11. Vieirinha 12. Lopes 13. Danilo 14. William 15. Gomes 16. Sanches 17. Nani 18. Rafa 19. Eliseu 20. Quaresma 21. Cédric 22. Eduardo 23. Adrien

  • Manager: Flag of Portugal Fernando Santos
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Portugal – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

1. Patrício 2. Alves 3. Pepe 4. Neto 5. Guerreiro 6. Fonte 7. Ronaldo (c) 8. Moutinho 9. A. Silva 10. B. Silva 11. Semedo 12.  13. Danilo 14. William 15. Gomes 16. Pizzi 17. Nani 18. Gelson 19. Eliseu 20. Quaresma 21. Cédric 22. Beto 23. Adrien

  • Manager: Flag of Portugal Fernando Santos
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