Nani spent approximately eight years at Manchester United winning four Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League. The Portuguese winger was also named the club’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2011.
However, Nani unfairly spent several of those years in Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow and, as far as many United fans are concerned, failed to blossom under the flood lights at Old Trafford.
A sudden downfall followed Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 which resulted in less game time for the 29-year-old, who decided enough was enough when David Moyes’ replacement Louis van Gaal failed to guarantee the Euro 2016 winner first-team football.
He [Van Gaal] told me that, if I wanted to stay to fight for a position, then good but I would not be his first option or maybe even the second,” Nani said.
I said: ‘No. I have been here for many years, I have been very important to this club and I think it’s time to decide.’ I wanted to play every game in the starting XI.
Nani went on to spend a season-long loan at former club Sporting Lisbon before signing permanently for Fenerbache. Then, this summer, he joined La Liga outlet Valencia.