Antonio Valencia is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays for the Ecuador national team. He joined English Premier League side Manchester United from Wigan Athletic in 2009. Valencia plays as a defender alternating between the right-wing and right-back positions.
His most successful spell has been with Manchester United, the side he has played for, for at least 9 years. Some of his team honors include 2 premier league titles, 1 Europa League title, 2 EFL Cups, as well as 1 FA Cup trophy.
Antonio Valencia Bio (Age)
Antonio Valencia was born Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera on August 4th, 1985, in Lago Agrio, Ecuador. He was raised in a modest family of 5 brothers and one sister. His mother sold drinks outside the stadium of their local club while his father traded the empty bottles that young Valencia would find.
As a kid with 5 brothers, Valencia had a lot of playmates and they often played football on a small pitch near their home. At the age of 11, his skills attracted a scout named Pedro “Papi” Perlaza who signed him to a local sports academy. By 16, Valencia eloped without his father’s notice to play for Quito club, El Nacional. However, his mom and brother were well aware and in support of his decision.
After two years in the youth team, Valencia made his senior team debut for the club in 2003. He was called up for his national team in 2004. Valencia flew to Spain in 2005 after Villareal signed him. However, he made just 2 appearances for the side spending most of his time at a couple of loan spells in Recreativo and later England’s Wigan Athletic who would later sign him in 2008. A year later, his skills began attracting attention from bigger clubs and Manchester United won his heart with a 4-year deal worth an estimated £16 million.
Valencia proved to be worth his transfer fee in his debut season with the club scoring both in the league and in the UEFA Champions League. As a result, he was included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
Over the years, Antonio Valencia has grown to become one of Manchester United’s most reliable players. Valencia’s older brother Éder is also a pro footballer.
Antonio Valencia was previously married to a certain Zoila Meneses. They got married in 2004 and split sometime in 2016. Before their relationship ended, the couple had a daughter named Domenica Valencia who was born during the 2006 World Cup. The status of Valencia’s relationship is quite confusing as reports surfaced that his supposed ex-wife Ziola was seen in his house in early 2018, two years after Valencia had publicly declared that he was single.
Valencia’s romantic life has given the media quite a field day beginning in 2014 when The Sun revealed claims that he had sent raunchy selfies to two different women and invited them to his hotel room for sex. The peak of his romantic troubles was in September 2016 when his affair with a certain nurse in her mid-twenties, Sophie Vagsaeter surfaced.
According to the stories, Valencia met Sophie on Instagram and began flirting with her. He later flew her from her country Norway to Manchester and allegedly had sex with her a night before a Manchester derby which his side lost.
Valencia was blasted by manager and fans alike for his lack of focus as a result of the affair to which he replied that he was single and had not been in any relationship for months. The Norwegian nurse had come forward with her claims after she was angered by Valencia’s Instagram’s post of his wife and daughter which came a few days after she’d got intimate with him.
In early 2018, an aspiring model came forward with claims of having a relationship with Valencia and dumping him after discovering that he had lied about his wife’s whereabouts.
Antonio Valencia may have troubles in his love life, but if his Instagram profile is anything to go by, the Ecuadorian UN Ambassador seems like a great dad. He frequently posts photos of himself with his daughter who looks to be too grown for her age. Fans sometimes mistake her for her mom/Valencia’s ex-wife Ziola. Valencia hasn’t posted any photo of his ex-wife in years, nullifying his mistress’ claims that he is back with her.
Height and Body Measurements
Antonio Valencia has a well sculpted athletic build. According to his player profile on ESPN, Valencia stands at 5 feet 11 inches, that is 1.81 m and weighs 172 lb (78 kg). He has brown hair and eyes.