Soccer-Former Man United captain Valencia announces retirement

Soccer-Former Man United captain Valencia announces retirement

12/5/2021 11:31:00 PM

Soccer-Former Man United captain Valencia announces retirement

(Reuters) - Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 35.

Valencia made an instant impact on the right flank and helped United win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, three Community Shields and the Europa League.Valencia left United two years ago after scoring 25 goals in 339 appearances for the club.

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"Wigan was a unique experience, and then God gave me the opportunity to join Manchester United," Valencia wrote in a statement on social media on Wednesday."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 had asked me to make this decision."Valencia left United to move back to Ecuador, to LDU Quito, in 2019 before joining Mexican side Queretaro this year.(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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