Luis Carlos Almeida da Canha has been called a few unkind names in his time – most of them by Manchester United supporters.
But the boy more commonly known as Nani was the toast of 25
jammy lucky punters who predicted United’s 5-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen at an eye-popping 500/1.
Antonio Valencia’s 22nd-minute opener got the Reds Devils off to a great start. But the very un-German like Germans quickly collapsed quicker than Ashley Young in the penalty box – with Nani’s 88th minute strike the final humiliation.
There wasn’t much in the form book to suggest United could a) win the game comfortably or b) score five goals, after a limp 2-2 draw at Cardiff at the weekend.
But the Red Devils’ biggest away win in Europe since beating Borussia Dortmund 6-1 in 1964 Inter-Cities Fairs’ Cup hit Paddy in his most sensitive of spots. His pocket.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, United’s noisy neighbours across town were also putting the boot in.
Two inspired punters helped themselves to an early Christmas present as they bagged a 100/1 Scorecast on Sergio Aguero to score first and City to run out 4-2 winners. Boom!
It’s like a slaughterhouse up in accounts this morning and Christmas cheer is thin on the ground.
But to those lucky punterers – well done, sirs. Consider yourselves honorary members of Paddy Power’s Punting Hall of Fame.
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