LISBON, July 2 (Reuters) - Portuguese international Joao Pinto has signed a four-year contract with League champions Sporting Lisbon.
The striker, capped 62 times, was unexpectedly sacked in early June by Lisbon rivals Benfica after trainer Jupp Heynkes said his services were no longer needed. Benfica sources also suggested at the time that there was a dispute over salary.
Pinto had played for Benfica since 1992. No official financial details of Pinto's new contract were released on Sunday but local media reported he would earn £1m a season.
Pinto is Portugal's biggest star in the domestic league. He is the country's only international to have played in the 1989 and 1991 World Youth Cup-winning teams.