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Antonio Valencia retired form football aged 35

Thu 13 May 2021 | 13:06

The former Manchester United captain finally hung up his boots and retired from the world of football.

Former

Manchester United

and Wigan midfielder Antonio Valencia said goodbye to football today at the age of 35.

The Ecuadorian midfielder started his career at CDL Nacional Ecuador and joined Villarreal in 2006. In the same year, he helped his country's national team reach the World Cup and recorded the best performance in the history of his country in the World Cup. He scored 11 goals in 98 games for Ecuador and then moved to Wigan on loan until joining the club on a permanent basis in 2008 and finding his place in the Premier League.

However, he moved to Manchester United in 2009, where he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and a Europa League, and made 339 appearances for the club.

After leaving Manchester United, he went to LDU Quito Ecuador and played for the team for two years, until 2021 he went to Cortaro, Mexico and played 15 games for this team.

He said after his retirement:

"At the age of 14, as a child, I left my family, my village and my first team to travel to the capital of my country. I travelled a lot with a lot of nostalgia but full of hope.

"A few years later I was able to travel to Europe, something I had never dreamed of. I played in Spain and then came to my second home: England.

"Wigan was a unique experience, and then God gave me the opportunity to join Manchester United. I will never forget everything I experienced at Old Trafford, I will never forget every goal, every trophy and the wonderful fans.

"I did not think this moment would come so soon, but my body had asked me to make this decision. I am announcing my retirement from football.

"I want to thank everyone who has been part of my career and my life. God in the first place for always blessing me. Zoila and my daughter Domenik who have been my pillars.

"My parents for giving me so much. To the fans of all the countries where I have played, I always tried to give my best. Thank you for your affection and support."

Manchester United also reacted to his retirement and praised their former midfielder.

"A special farewell to our former captain, Antonio Valencia, who has called time on his playing career today,"

a tweet on the club's Twitter account read.

"Thank you for everything during your time at United and best of luck for your next chapter, Antonio."


source: SportMob