Huynh Nhu departed for Portugal on Monday, according to news site VnExpress.

The 31-year-old needs to pass a medical to officially join Portuguese football, which is competing in the European country’s first-tier Campeonato Nacional de Futebol Feminino, on a two-year contract.

Announcing the news at a press briefing following her Ho Chi Minh City I team’s triumph at the 2022 Women’s National Cup on Sunday evening, Nhu said she anticipated difficulties in Portugal but she was ready to take on challenges.

Portugal’s Lank FC Vilaverdense once tried to sign striker Nhu, midfielder Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, and forward Pham Hai Yen in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic and complicated paperwork postponed the plan.

Nhu won the Vietnamese National Championship seven times, the Women’s National Cup three times, and the National Sports Festival with Ho Chi Minh City I Women’s Football Club once. 

Vietnamese striker Cu Thi Huynh Nhu appears on the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup poster. Photo: FIFA

Vietnamese striker Huynh Nhu appears on the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup poster. Photo: FIFA

She also claimed four Vietnamese Women’s Golden Balls and four Top Scorer titles, and was honored as the Best Player of the Vietnamese National Championship multiple times.

The striker is currently the captain of the national women’s football team and won three gold medals with the squad at the 2017, 2019, and 2021 Southeast Asian Games.

She also holds the record of scoring the most goals of all time — 59 goals — for the Vietnamese national women’s football team.

Competing in Europe is expected to prepare Nhu for Vietnam’s historic debut at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand next July.

The Vietnamese footballer was prominently featured in a comic-style poster for the world-class showpiece on FIFA’s website earlier this month.

The Campeonato Nacional de Futebol Feminino was established in 1993 with 12 participating teams. 

In the 2021-22 season, the number of participating teams has increased to 16.

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