Manchester United fans have reacted to Nani’s new look on social media. The Portugal international is still going strong in the MLS with Orlando City. And he showed off a blonde barnet in his side’s goalless draw with Atlanta United on Saturday night.
Nani was unable to break the deadlock for his side, whose season started with a goalless draw.
The Portugal international, known for his curly black crop during his time at Old Trafford, showed off his new look to the world.
A Twitter account by the name of @mufcmpb shared an image of the veteran in action, with Nani sporting a blonde ponytail.
And fans have produced some hilarious reactions to the 34-year-old’s hairdo, ranging from comparisons Tiger King’s Joe Exotic to slamming his barber.
“Nah his barber wrong for this one,” said one unimpressed supporter.
“Looks like Joe Exotic…” said a second.
“What has lockdown done to Nani,” were the thoughts of a third fan.
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“Looks like an angry bird,” said another.
And a fifth said: “Oh sweet Jesus.”
Nani arrived at United in the summer transfer window of 2007, touching down from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
And he sparkled at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, helping the club win four Premier League titles under the Scot.
Nani also propelled United to Champions League glory in 2008, scoring a penalty in the shootout victory over Chelsea in Moscow.
He was never able to live up to expectations fully, especially given he was often compared to compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Nani had many highlights during his United career and is fondly remembered by fans today, all these years on.
He scored some belters, namely against the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.
And, speaking in January last year, he opened up on his move away from Old Trafford – and how the Red Devils blocked him from joining Juventus in 2013.
He told Tribuna Expresso: “The Sporting move happened after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where I returned to Manchester and there was a change of coach.
“It was Louis van Gaal. The year before we had changed too, it was [David] Moyes.
“When Ferguson left, I also wanted to leave. I thought it was the right time because things had happened that had not made me happy.”
When asked for what made him unhappy at United, he added: “The Champions League final – I thought I should have played as a starter in a year in which I had featured all season long.
“I was the best player in the team, had been in great form and when the decisive moment came, which was to play the Champions League final, they didn’t opt for me and left me on the bench.
“That struck me. I thought I should try to find another club, in another league maybe. It was fixed in my head.
“But it wasn’t easy, Manchester United weren’t going to let me go anywhere that easily.
“Unfortunately I had an injury after signing [the new contract with Manchester United in 2013] and I knew I had no chance of going to any other club.
“A thousand and one proposals came in for me but the club thought that by renewing my contract it was all settled. I said ‘okay’.
“There was a preference for other players. The kids started playing. There was no logic to it, even my colleagues said it was not right. From 100 I went to 0? You give out a five-million-pound contract and then you don’t use the player, what’s up?
“When I say five million it’s a figure of speech, I didn’t get to those figures. After a while, I thought that by them doing that to me, I really did have to leave.
“When I recovered [from a leg injury in 2013] I was going to Juventus, everything was alive, Juventus wanted me. The director said ‘yes’, the coach said ‘yes’.
“And at the last minute, at the last second, when the market closes, they said: ‘No, we don’t want that anymore, we won’t let Nani leave’.
“I asked why. ‘No, you’re staying here, you’re not going’. I got upset, we argued. But when I realised I was staying I spoke to the director and said to him: ‘I am here this year, I will do my best, you showed that I am valuable, thank you very much. I’m upset by the way it was done, you left it until the last second, but I appreciate your attitude in wanting to keep me because it means I’m important to the club’.
“The following year there was a change with Van Gaal arriving. In a quiet conversation with him he said he had no time or patience and that he needed to make a change.
“That was exactly what happened and then there was an opportunity and I went to Sporting.”