Antonio Valencia Profile

Af­ter sign­ing a per­man­ent con­tract wi­th Wi­gan Ath­let­ic on the 18th Jan­uary 2008, An­tonio Va­lencia went on to play in 84 Pre­mier Lea­gue mat­ches for The Lat­ics be­fore he was trans­ferred to Man­chester Uni­ted for an es­tim­ated fee of £16 mil­lion at the be­gin­ning of the 2009-10 sea­son. The So­uth Amer­ic­an was giv­en his com­pet­it­ive de­but for Uni­ted in a 2-2 draw wi­th old en­emies Chel­sea at Wemb­ley in the FA Com­munity Shield on the 9th of Au­gust 2009, and made his fir­st Pre­mier Lea­gue ap­pear­ance for his new si­de in a 1-0 Pre­miership win ag­ainst Birm­ing­ham City at Old Traf­ford sev­en days la­ter. As a token of ap­pre­ci­ation, the pacey wing back was presen­ted wi­th the icon­ic num­ber sev­en jer­sey by man­ager Sir Al­ex Fer­guson ahead of the 2012-13 cam­paign. A le­gendary shirt in the long and suc­cess­ful his­tory of Man­chester Uni­ted Foot­ball Club, the jer­sey had pre­vi­ously be­en worn by fam­ous crowd pullers such as Geor­gie Best, Da­vid Beck­ham, Eric Can­tona, Bry­an Rob­son, and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo. In­ter­na­tion­ally, Va­lencia net­ted on his seni­or de­but for Ecuador in a con­vin­cing 5–2 Wor­ld Cup Quali­fier vic­tory over Paraguay at the Es­ta­dio Olimpico Atahu­alpa in Quito on the 27th of Mar­ch 2005, and made his Wor­ld Cup de­but for his na­tive coun­try in a 2-0 win over Po­land at the Velt­ins Arena in Gelsen­kirchen on the 9th of June 2006. An­tonio Va­lencia Play­ing Ca­reer: Club De­port­ivo El Nacion­al, Vil­lar­real CF, Re­cre­at­ivo de Huelva, Wi­gan Ath­let­ic, Man­chester Uni­ted. Man­aging Ca­reer: None.


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