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Antonio Valencia announced his retirement: The injury that forced him to stop playing

By Mauricio Saenz

Antonio Valencia announced his retirement: The injury that forced him to stop playing

The historic Ecuadorian player announced that he will not continue to play professionally

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Ecuadorian footballer Antonio Valencia, who played for many years in the Premier League, announced his retirement from football. At the age of 35, the man who worked in Querétaro decided to put an end to his extensive career after his knee problems deepened in recent years.

El Toño revealed that severe joint wear and tear on the knees began long ago. "The knee injury appeared to me at the age of 29 and it is time to say thanks to this beautiful sport," he explained in a statement. He also confessed from Querétaro they tried to renew his bond.

Despite having undergone several treatments to reverse his condition, nothing was enough for the player, who served both as a winger and as a right lane, to return to his best level.

The trajectory of Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian was a World Cup player with Ecuador on two occasions. He was in Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014. In addition, at club level he wore the shirt of eight teams: Caribe Junior, El Nacional and Liga de Quito, from his country, Villarreal and Recreativo de Huelva, from the Spanish League and Wigan Athletic and Manchester United In the Premier League, where he played for 10 years, he shared a team with Javier Chicharito Hernández and became a historic player.

The passage of Antonio Valencia by Liga MX

He arrived in Mexico in 2021, after a return to the Quito League, and played 14 games in the current Guard1anes Clausura 2021 Tournament and in all of them he did so as a starter. As for his numbers in Mexican soccer, he was active in 1,200 minutes, where he managed to score a goal on Date 5 against Pachuca (3-1).

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