Ex-Man Utd captain Antonio Valencia emotionally confirms retirement

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Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 35.

Valencia spent 10 years at Old Trafford, scoring 25 goals in 339 appearances for the Red Devils and winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and the Europa League.

The right-wingback departed the club in 2019 and moved to Ecuadorian outfit LDU Quito, before enjoying a brief stint with Mexican side Queretaro.

But now he has come to the decision to bow out from the sport in his mid-30s, admitting "my body has asked me to make this decision".

The Ecuadorian wrote in a post on social media: "To Manchester United fans: At the age of 14, as a child, I left my family, my village and my first team to travel to the capital of my country. I traveled with a lot of nostalgia but full of hope.

"A few years later, I was able to travel to Europe, something I had never dreamed of.

"I played in Spain, and then came to my second home: England. Wigan was a unique experience, and then God gave me 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.

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  • "I did not think this moment would come so soon, but my body has asked me to make this decision. I am announcing my retirement from football.

    "I want to thank everyone who has been part of my career and life. God in the first place, for always blessing me.

    "Zoila and my daughter Domenik who have been my pillars. My parents for giving me so much.

    "To fans of all the countries where I have played, I always tried to give my best. Thank you for your affection and support."

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