- Nani reveals his dexterity as he’s unveiled to followers at brand-new club Valencia
- Portugal winger practiced Brazilian fighting style capoeira as a youngster
- 29-year-old informs followers’ I wish to be right here for several years to come.
Portugal international Nani demonstrated to followers some severe capoeira actions at his unveiling at brand-new club Valencia.
The 29-year-old winger performed the Brazilian fighting style before the electronic cameras – along with an approximated 12,000 followers – bending reduced to the ground and also sweeping his boots merely inches from his fellow capoeiristas.
Nani also had to dodge the swinging legs of his dance partners, using quick reflexes to participate in an elaborate give-and-take.
Portuguese winger Nani shows off his Capoeira moves as he’s unveiled at Spanish club Valencia
Nani takes on local capoeiristas in a game of the Brazilian martial art that incorporates elements of dance
Nani learned to play capoeira as a boy in Lisbon but eventually chose to concentrate on football
Nani was making his first appearance in front of fans at the Mestalla after his £7million move to Valencia from Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The recent Euro 2016 winner with Portugal began playing capoeira as a boy in Lisbon, he told UEFA.com earlier this year.
‘If I was not playing football, I was doing capoeira with my friends.
‘Capoeira started to be one of my hobbies – I enjoyed it a lot when I started to learn some good movements, and in a short time I was one of the best in the group,’
The newly-crowned European champion was welcomed by an estimated 12,000 fans at the Mestalla
‘But of course my dream of football always came first – so I had to choose football or capoeira. Even my friends were pushing me to football. It’s like we say: “God always has something planned for you”, and my opportunity came when I went to train at Sporting.’
Nani may have moved on from a serious pursuit of capoeira, but his acrobatic celebrations after scoring a goal owe a lot to the game.
‘Now I only allow myself a somersault or two when I score but I learned some death-defying flips when I practised capoeira’, he said.
Nani got his favoured number 17 shirt at his new club – and thanked Rodrigo Moreno for giving it up
The former Manchester United player will hope to have many more goals – and somersaults – in him at Valencia.
‘This is a very special day for me,’ Nani told Valencia’s English-language web site. ‘I’m happy to joining a great club and I hope to be at Valencia CF for many years to come.
‘I thank Suso [sporting director Jésus Garcia Pitarch] and Kim Koh [Valencia CF director] for their interest in signing me, and now I hope to repay that confidence they have placed in me with hard work, dedication and goals.’
Footballer Luís Nani shows off his incredible capoeira moves .
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