Manchester United player and captain between 2009 and 2019, Antonio Valencia announced on Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the season, at the age of 35. The Ecuadorian explained that he would have liked to postpone this decision, but that his body no longer holds. He will end his career at Queretaro, club of the Mexican championship.
At 35, former Mancunian Antonio Valencia announced on Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the season. “I didn’t think this moment was going to come so quickly but my body asked me to do it,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter. Antonio Valencia played this season at Queretaro, club of the Mexican championship.
Captain of Ecuador (98 caps), he played most of his career at Manchester United (2009-2019). The former right-back, who played two World Cups (2006 and 2014), also played in Spain, for Villarreal and Recreativo Huelva, but also for Wigan, in England. With the Red Devils, he won two Premier League titles (2011 and 2013) and a Europa League (2017).
“I will never forget everything I experienced at Old Trafford”
On Twitter, he addressed Manchester United fans especially: “I played in Spain, then I came to what has become my second home: England. Wigan was a unique experience, then God m ‘gave 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. ” United captain in the Europa League final victory over Ajax, he then wore the armband following the departure of Wayne Rooney, who left that summer.
At the end of his contract with United in 2019, he will then return for one to his native country to wear the colors of LDU Quito, before attempting a last adventure in Mexico. His former teammates Ander Herrera or Rio Ferdinand paid him a strong tribute.