Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera (born 4 August 1985), commonly known as Antonio Valencia, is an Ecuadorian football winger who currently plays for Manchester United and the Ecuadorian national team.
After progressing through the youth system at Club Deportivo El Nacional, Valencia became a first team regular and made over 80 appearances for the club before signing for La Liga side Villarreal in 2005. He only made two league appearances for the Spanish side in between successful loan spells at Recreativo for the 200506 season and later English Premier League club Wigan Athletic from 2006 to 2008. Wigan later signed Valencia on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2008. His performances for Wigan soon attracted attention from several high profile clubs and he turned down a move to Real Madrid before signing for Manchester United in June 2009, as a replacement for the departed Cristiano Ronaldo.
After an underprivileged childhood in Lago Agrio, Valencia started his career at El Nacional and moved to the Spanish league team Villarreal in 2005. However, he was loaned to Recreativo de Huelva for most of the 2005–06 season, where he helped the team gain promotion.
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