Antonio Valencia sends letter to Man Utd fans after announcing retirement

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Antonio Valencia has retired from football at the age of 35.

The Ecuadorian spent ten years at Manchester United during his 20-year career.

In a message to United fans, Valencia wrote in a statement: "At the age of 14, as a child, I left my village and my first team to travel to the capital of my country. I travelled with a lot of nostalgia bug 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

"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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