Hulk's time to shine

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Having scored 23 goals in 26 Primera Liga matches last season, you'd think Porto strike Hulk has little impressing left to do.

The Brazilian striker spearheaded Porto's assault on four trophies last season, with Andre Villas-Boas' side claiming a clean sweep.

Such was his success, that Villas-Boas caught the eye of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, while Hulk remains in Portugal, hoping to inspire Porto to their eighth league title in 10 years.

After crashing out of the Champions League, Porto have been paired with Premier League pacesetters Manchester City in the last 32, giving Hulk the ideal opportunity to flex his goalscoring muscles. Succeed against City and his career could be turned upside down.

His astronomical release clause, £84 million, has as yet prevented any club from making a realistic move for the 25-year-old, while the lack of proof his ability can transfer to the biggest stage also leaves a question mark.

Hence Thursday's tie with City posses such a big opportunity for Hulk. Up against Roberto Mancini's big spending City, he has the opportunity to prove any critics wrong.

Furthermore, Mancini's tendency to take a liking to players who succeed against his own will give Hulk encouragement that making a name for himself could spark a move to the Etihad Stadium.

"I have a contract with FC Porto and want to meet it until the end. At the moment I am focused on giving the best of me here at Porto," Hulk maintains.

On the eve of a big game, you'd expect nothing but commitment from Hulk, but a mere glance at his comments throughout the year suggest he feels the grass is greener on the other side.

You can't question his motive to assist his club's fortunes, but any success against City could be the ideal vehicle to spark his exit to pastures new.

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