Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, commonly known as Antonio Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo βaˈlensja]; born 4 August 1985), is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a right winger and right-back for Manchester United and the Ecuador national team.
Valencia started his career at El Nacional and within a year, he was fast-tracked into the Under 20s, where he played alongside striker Christian “Chucho”’ Benítez and scored 11 goals in 84 matches. Valencia made his debut for El Nacional alonsgside his idol Édison Méndez. Valencia won his first club title as part of the El Nacional team that won the 2005 Clausura Tournament, earning him the attention of both the national football team’s manager and Spanish clubs.
After progressing through the youth system at El Nacional, Valencia became a first team regular and made over 80 appearances for the club before signing for La Liga side Villarreal in 2005. He only made two league appearances for the Spanish side in between successful loan spells at Recreativo de Huelva for the 2005–06 season and later English Premier League club Wigan Athletic from 2006 to 2008.
Wigan later signed Valencia on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2008. His performances for Wigan soon attracted attention from several high profile clubs, eventually signing for Manchester United in June 2009. Valencia has since won the Premier League in 2010–11 and 2012–13, the League Cup in 2009–10, the Community Shield in 2010 and 2013 and the FA Cup in 2015-16. Valencia was voted into the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season with the club.
Valencia made his Ecuador debut in 2005 and scored two goals in the process. He represented his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2007 Copa América, the 2011 Copa América and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Since making his debut, Valencia has won over 80 caps and scored nine goals for his country.
Valencia and his wife, Zoila, have a daughter named Domenica, who was born during the 2006 World Cup finals. Along with former Wigan teammates Maynor Figueroa and Wilson Palacios, Valencia began taking English lessons (although Valencia still requires an interpreter). Whilst at Wigan his English lessons would be once a week, however since his move to Manchester United they are sometimes everyday. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Valencia as a quiet and shy boy. His older brother, Éder, is also a professional footballer playing for Independiente José Terán in Ecuador
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