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.