Antonio Valencia Biography

( 1985 - )
Antonio Valencia

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Date of Birth: 1985 August 4
Age:32 years old

Antonio Valencia is an Ecuadorian professional football player who currently plays right-back for the English club, Manchester United and the Equador national team.

The 32-years old professional has played for clubs like El Nacional, Villarreal, Recreativo, and Wigan Athletic. He currently receives an annual salary of $6 million from his present club which has boosted his net worth.

Early Life

Antonio Valencia was born as Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera on 4 August 1985. He was born to Luis Antonio Valencia and Teresa Mosquera in Lago Agrio, Ecuador. His siblings are Eder Valencia, Jazmine Valencia, and Alfredo Valencia. As a child, he used to play barefoot on the pitch next to the bungalow he shared with his parents, brothers, and sister. 

Club Career

Antonio Valencia began his professional football career in 2003, joining the Ecuadorian professional club El Nacional. He made his debut for El Nacional alongside his idol Édison Méndez.

His first club title for his team was in 2005, Clausura Tournament, earning him the attention of both the national team's manager and Spanish clubs. His two seasons with the club ended up with 84 appearances and 12 goals.

He further moved to Spanish club Villarreal in 2005. He was in the club for three years appearing in only two games without a goal. He was sent on a loan to Recreativo for a season. He played 12 games for the club without a goal.

He was further sent on a loan to Wigan Athletic on 3 August 2006 for two years. He made his "English Premier League" debut on 19 August 2006, in a 2–1 loss away to Newcastle United. His three years spell at the club ended with total 84 appearances and seven goals.

On 30 June 2009, Valencia became the first Manchester United's summer signing, with the four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his official debut for the club on 29 July 2009, in a 2–1 pre-season victory over Boca Juniors in the Audi Cup. He still plays for the club.

International Career

Antonio Valencia has represented his national team in several tournaments; he is the captain of the national team. He debuted for his country in 2004. He scored his first international goal on 27 March 2005, in a match against Paraguay. He won over 92 caps for his national team scoring 12 goals.

Personal Life

Antonio Valencia is a married man; he married his longterm loving girlfriend, Zoila Valencia. The couple was in a relationship for six years before getting married. They tied their knots on July 6, 2014, among their family and friends in Equador. The couple together has a daughter, Domenica Valencia. The couple is living happily in Manchester. His Zodiac sign is Taurus.

Net Worth and Endorsements

Antonio Valencia is indeed a wealthy man with an estimated net worth of $8 million in 2017, including all of his properties. He currently receives an annual salary of $6 million from his present club Manchester United. Football is the only source of income for his as he is not linked with any endorsing brands or advertising companies. His recent market value is recorded to be $12 million in 2017.

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