After agreeing a record-breaking £46.1million move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, much was expected when Hulk finally took to the field for his new club.
Going through Japan, Portugal and Russia on his way to the Far East, the Brazilian forward can certainly boast one of the strangest paths in professional football. Now earning £320,000-a-week, it is one that many wish they had taken.
Hulk went straight into the team for Shanghai SIPG's CSL game against Henan Jianye and it wasn't long before the huge investment started to pay off.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay4
He scored his first goal for the club within ten minutes, turning in Wu Lei's low cross to take some of the pressure off his shoulders. You can see that goal embedded below.
It was a dream start for the 29-year-old but it quickly turned into a nightmare after he went down unchallenged just 12 minutes later. He appeared to to be in some discomfort as he held his left knee before the medical team stretchered him off.
While his welfare will be of some concern to manager Sven Goran Eriksson, the team remained unhindered by his absence and went on to win 5-0, allowing them to climb to third in the table.
Hulk has quite the standing in world football considering he has never played in one of Europe's top five leagues. The man who legally changed his name to match his epithet started at Brazilian club Vitoria before making the strange move to Japan's Kawasaki Frontale.
He would eventually make his name in Japan with Tokyo Verdy before joining Porto for £16.15m. It was then the turn of Zenit St Petersburg to splash the cash, paying a reported £46m to sign him from the Portuguese outfit.
In total, £110m has been spent on signing Hulk, which is probably the most incredible thing about him.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms