Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores , popularly known as Miku is a Venezuelan footballer born on the 19th of August, 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela. He plays as a striker for the Venezuelan National Football team and the Indian Super League team Bengaluru FC.
Miku arrived at the youth system of Valencia CF in 2001, when he was just sixteen years old. He started his professional career soon after, in 2004.
He was loaned by the La Liga giants to teams that played in the second and third tiers of the Spanish football system for a period of five consecutive seasons.
Due to the surplus of strikers at Valencia at the point of time, he was sold to Getafe CF in 2010 for a four and a half year contract.
Miku made his debut for the Venezuelan National team on the 16th of August, 2006, at the age of 21. This was a friendly match that was played against Honduras which ended in a 0-0 tie.
Over the years, he became a regular for the National Team to the extent of him leading the team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Rise to Glory
Considering the amount of time Miku was officially a player for Valencia, he played in very few games. However whenever he did play, he made more than a moderate impact.
He scored a hat-trick in a UEFA Europa League 4–1 home win against Stabæk Fotball on the 27th of August, 2009.
Miku made major contributions in the two times that he played for his national team in the Copa America. In 2009, he scored twice to ensure a second position in the group table, in a tournament that they ended up finishing fourth in. He was named La Liga player of the month in February, 2016.
Venezuela performed disappointingly in the next edition of the Copa America, as they only finished third in their group and failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament. The president of the Venezuelan Football Federation accused 15 players, including Miku to be involved in a conspiracy to sack their manager. All players accused threatened to quit the team after that allegation.
His lack of opportunities in Spain denied him much success that he potentially could achieve, with the talent that he has, according to many football pundits.
Miku had a fairly successful spell at Getafe, as he scored on many important occasions to lead his team to victory. This included a brace in Getafe’s 3-0 victory over his past club, Valencia.
After short spells at Gharafa and Rayo Vallecano, he transferred to the newly formed ISL team, Bengaluru FC on a two year contract. He was the second top-scorer in the tournament, leading Bengaluru to the final in their first year in the ISL.