in Praia, Cape Verde, Nani emigrated with his family
to Portugal at an early age.
At the age of five, his father left for a holiday
in Cape Verde but never returned and when he was 12
years old his mother left Portugal to start a new
life in Holland.
Nani has eight siblings from his mother, of which
he is the youngest, and five from his father.
He was raised by his aunt Antonia in the Amadora district
of Lisbon, where he and childhood friend, midfielder
Manuel Fernandes, often played football together.
He gained his nickname from an elder sister at a young
He grew up supporting FC Porto and played
junior football alongside Ricardo Vaz Tê at
Massamá youth club Real Sport Clube.