Teenage phenom Freddy Adu is leaving American soccer for the Portuguese Benfica squad. The midfielder, who's played in MLS since the age of 14, has signed a 5-year deal with the 103-year-old European club for an undisclosed amount. Though he's had his eye on an oversease contract for a decade, international rules barred Adu from signing until he turned 18.
Benfica bought the Ghana-native's MLS contract for $2 million, and is expected to pay its new star just over half a million for the upcoming year. Adu's new team has a rich history, with 31 championships in 70 years, though undoubtedly its recent struggles motivated his acquisition. The 18-year-old also picked up endorsement deals with Nike and Pepsi this week.