WATCH: Antonio Valencia Recalls Military Training As A Teenage In Ecuador
From military training to playing at the 'Theatre of Dreams.'
Antonio Valencia has detailed his rise from being a teenage in Ecuador who was forced to do military training to playing for Manchester United.
The 31-year-old has had a brilliant season under Jose Mourinho. He's been converted as a full-back, and has made that position his own.
And ahead of kick-off in their first-leg Europa League semi-final, Valencia spoke about his upbringing and the move to Manchester which changed his life.
(Valencia details his upbringing - From military training in Ecuador to playing at Old Trafford:)
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What a story. What a guy.
Valencia rose to prominence at Wigan where he excelled, prompting United to snap him up for a reported £16 million in 2009.
(Valencia is bestowed with captaining for the clash against Celta Vigo. Image: PA)
He's been at Old Trafford ever since. But it's the current season where he's become a vital player for United.
Following his exploits from the right-flank, Valencia was named in the Premier League's PFA Team of the Year.
The Valencia journey continues...