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Former Man Utd Star Antonio Valencia Announces Retirement

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Former Ecuador and Manchester United captain on Wednesday announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old, who was playing for Queretaro in Mexico, had been suffering from a long-standing foot problem.

Time to take a bow from football?

“I’m ending my career in Queretaro,” he wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t think this moment would come so soon, but my body has asked me to take this decision.”

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Valencia first broke his foot in 2015 in the Manchester derby.

He spent a decade at United from 2009-19 and ended his spell there as club captain after Michael Carrick retired in 2018.

Originally a dashing and explosive right winger, Valencia later played as a full-back.

He began his career at Nacional de Quito in 2003 before moving to Villarreal in in 2005 after winning the Ecuadoran league.

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He joined Wigan Athletic a year later where he caught the eye of former United manager Alex Ferguson.

Valencia joined United in 2009 and went on to win two titles, the , and the League Cup twice with the Red Devils.

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