Luis Antonio Valencia
- Team:Manchester United
- Place of Birth:Lago Agrio, Ecuador
- Date of Birth:04th August 1985
- Weight:12st 2lbs
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Luis Antonio Valencia Biography
An exciting winger currently playing for Manchester United.
Before his move to Old Trafford in 2009, Antonio played for Wigan Athletic, where he spent three years after impressing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
He started his career at Caribe Junior before moving to Ecuadorian powerhouses El Nacional, and over the next three years performed well enough to earn a move to Villarreal in Spain, who in turn loaned him out to Recreativo Huelva, where he immediately became an integral part of a team which would go on to win promotion. Antonio’s displays at the 2006 World Cup as a relative newcomer to the Ecuador team earned him rave reviews and at the end of the competition he was heading to England to sign a two-year loan deal with Wigan.
He continued to display his brand of direct and rapid wing play with an eye for goal and signed a three and a half year deal to stay at the club in January 2008, but eighteen months later Antonio moved to Old Trafford, where he enjoyed an impressive debut season on the right flank.
A serious ankle injury ruled him out for much of the following campaign, but he returned spearhead the club’s successful bid for a record 19th title in 2011 and earn the club’s Player of the Year award as they so nearly made it 20 last term.
Now a senior member of the Ecuador squad, he won his 53rd cap against Argentina in June 2012.
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