From the English Premier League to Hajduk Split – 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 27-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.
But, Velez was released by Split after failing to make his mark and returned to NorthEast where he banged in the goals once again. He is currently playing for Suphanburi FC in the Thai league and has 13 league goals.