He's had a whirlwind of a career, spanning from Brazil to Japan to Portugal and now China yet, somewhat inevitably, Hulk is now perhaps most widely known for his off-field exploits.
After divorcing his wife Iran last summer, the 34-year-old is now dating her niece and, unsurprisingly, it has caused quite the storm.
'I wake up and go to sleep without understanding why everything happened to me,' Iran told Record via MARCA recently.
Hulk has recently made headlines due to the fallout of him leaving his wife for her niece
Hulk split from Iran Angelo (left) last year and started dating Camila just a few months later
The Shanghai SIPG forward, seen with Camila, has spoken of his marriage troubles with Iran
Hulk and Iran had three children together- Ian, Tiago and Alice - whilst they were married
'The pain is very great, sometimes I think it will tear my heart out. She was a daughter to me.'
Hulk and Iran were married for 12 years and had three children together - Alice, Ian and Tiago - and on the face of it, the Shanghai SIPG striker had it all.
He was married with a family and on a £350,000-a-week wage in China but his marriage was not all that it seemed and Hulk has admitted to being unfaithful - albeit not with Camila, who he is with now.
'I never had a relationship with Camila when I was married,' Hulk said on Instagram via Quem. 'I am a man. I was not happy in my marriage. I had countless reasons. I spent my entire marriage betraying Iran. She lived a single life. Just wanted to have the status of wife of the Hulk.
'Camila came to China. I don't think I'm an ugly person and I'm young. Camila is young and extremely beautiful. We ended up getting involved. We were single.
'We came back from China and told the family when you came back, and you went to media. I have a clear conscience and peace. If you want to continue cursing me and treating me like a monster, the choice is yours. But criticise on top of the truth.'
Hulk's time in China on the pitch has been a success - he has scored 46 goals in 87 games for Shanghai SIPG, continuing the relentless scoring form he became known for with Porto and Zenit St Petersburg.
He moved to China in 2016, with Shanghai paying a £45m fee for the Brazilian. He shared pictures of his journey to Asia via a private jet that was emblazoned with pictures of him from the course of his career, as well as his signature painted onto the plane.
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