Veloso has knuckled down of late after facing accusations he was more worried about his latest hairstyle or modelling career than he was about improving his game.
Back in 2007 then Portuguese boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was so angry with Veloso’s attitude in the build-up to Euro 2008 he said: “Those who like spending time at fashion shows and who have an overlarge butt will probably miss the bus to Austria and Switzerland.”
He did make that bus to Euro 2008, but played only once and drifted out of the international picture before returning last September. He has previously captained the Portuguese Under-21s.
He switched from Benfica to city rivals Sporting Lisbon as a 14-year-old and made his way through their youth systems.
Sent out on loan to Clube Desportivo Olivais e Moscavide for the 2005/06 season, he showed his potential as he helped the second division club achieve promotion.
Once back at Sporting, he has been an integral part of the team and has won two Portuguese Cups and played regularly in the Uefa Cup and Europa League.
A perennial target for Premier League clubs and some of Europe’s top sides, including Barcelona and Inter Milan, the mulleted star is expect to leave with fellow midfielder Joao Moutinho in the summer.
Veloso is comfortable in midfield or at left-back and his father, Antonia Veloso, was a right-back for Benfica and won 40 caps for Portugal.
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