Antonio Valencia retires from football at age 35

Manchester United former captain Antonio Valencia has announced his retirement from football.

He made this decision in a statement to all his followers:

“At the age of 14, as a child, I left my village and my first team to travel to the capital of my country. I travelled with a lot of nostalgia bug 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 has 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 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 fans of all the countries where I have played, I always tried to give my best. Thank you for your affection and support.”

The Manchester United legend had a decade of his 20-year career with the ‘Red Devils’.

His 10-year spell with Man United saw him record 25 goals in 339 appearances with 62 assists.

He contributed to United’s two Premier League titles in 2010/11 and 2012/13, 1 FA Cup, 2 EFL Cup, 3 FA Community Shield, and the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League.

Valencia joined Manchester United from Wigan Athletic in 2009 where he scored six goals in 47 appearances for the club.

The former Man United Captain was honored on most occasions.

  • Alan Hardaker Trophy: 2010
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2009–10 Premier League
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2011–12
  • Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2011–12
  • Manchester United Goal of the Year: 2011–12
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2016–17
  • Premier League Goal of the Month: September 2017
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2017

He last played for Mexican side Querétaro with 15 games and 1 goal for the side.

The Ecuador international made his first cap for the Ecuador national team in 2004. He made 99 appearances and scored 11 goals.

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