Manchester United former club captain Antonio Valencia has officially declared his retirement from football
Antonio Valencia has 339 appearances, and 25 goals to his name in all competitions, plus the support, love, and respect of United fans around the world.
Manchester United former club captain Antonio Valencia has officially declared his retirement from football. He was such a talent, Valencia was awarded the prestigious No.7 shirt in 2013, but struggled under the weight of the number and reverted to the No.25 after a season. But he has given immense support to the club and the players during his tenure.
To Manchester United fans 🔴👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/0HKWscZO9F
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) May 12, 2021
The Ecuadorian powerhouse has 99-cap Ecuador international, 339 appearances, and 25 goals to his name in all competitions, plus the support, love, and respect of United fans from around the world. He returned to Ecuador LDU Quito and has now ended his career with Mexican side Queretaro.
Valencia signed from Wigan Athletic in 2009 in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2009, in a £19.92million deal. And won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, three Community Shields, also the Europa League. Valencia memorably won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, Goal of the Season, plus Players’ Player of the Year award in the 2011/12 season. He also received the latter in 2016/17, reflecting his popularity.
In a statement posted on his Twitter, Valencia stated: “To Manchester United fans:” “At the age of 14, I left my family, my village, and my first team to travel to the capital of my country. I traveled 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, then came to my second home: England. Wigan was a unique experience, then God allowed me 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 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.”
Rio Ferdinand and David De Gea have been among the stars to pay tribute to former Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia.
Congrats for your amazing career! Enjoy your retirement, hermano 🇪🇨
We miss you! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/26ZBoMKqBf
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 12, 2021
What a career, what a player, what a man….One of the most humble men I know. Painfully shy but always made me smile with how shy he was!
What a professional too, always doing extra training in the gym (so he could look like me)
Pleasure to play with you. Enjoy retirement Tonio pic.twitter.com/f3QBxv6C99
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 12, 2021