From the English Championship to Canada – S.League stars that succeeded outside Southeast Asia
1. Nicolas Velez
Velez is a more recent example of S.League footballers managing to venture into Europe. The 25-year-old Argentine forward was a revelation in Singapore, scoring 29 goals in 38 appearances in just one-and-a-half seasons with Warriors FC.
His stunning displays led the Warriors to win their ninth S.League title in 2014 and won him a Young Player of the Year award in the same year. A call-up to the Singapore Selection squad, that took on Arsenal and Stoke City in the Barclays Asia Trophy the following July, proved to be the catalyst as he managed to secure a move to Indian Super League outfit NorthEast United.
Recording a healthy five goals in 14 appearances alongside former Portugal international Simao Sabrosa and ex-Fulham forward Diomansy Kamara, the former River Plate trainee duly signed for Croatian top-flight club Hajduk Spilt at the start of 2016. Velez has reportedly been released by the club though, after zero goals in four appearances.