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From Chile to Inter via Barça, 5 things to know about Alexis Sánchez, OM's new recruit


The 33-year-old Chilean, who is due to officially join OM on Wednesday, has had a great international career. Which he hopes to relaunch in Marseille.

He went through 8 clubs

Alexis Sánchez's club career is characterized by his many moves.

Untenable, the Chilean went through some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but never stayed there for more than four seasons.

After spending his early career in South America (Cobreloa, Colo-Colo and River Plate), Alexis Sánchez landed in Europe during the 2008-2009 season.

He then discovered Serie A with Udinese, where he learned alongside Italian legend Antonio Di Natale and his compatriot Mauricio Isla.

After 95 matches played in three seasons at Udinese, Sánchez left Italy for Spain, where he joined FC Barcelona for 26 million euros.

He will spend another three seasons there and will score 39 goals in 88 games.

In 2014 came the peak of his sporting career.

The little Chilean is transferred to Arsenal for 42.5 million euros, and will reach his best level with the Gunners.

His third season at the club will be his peak with 24 goals and 10 assists in 38 matches.

After four years of rocking the Emirates Stadium, he will be transferred to Old Trafford for 34 million euros.

In two seasons at Manchester United, he only scored three goals in 32 games played... He will be considered one of the biggest failures of the Mancunians in recent years.

After a year on loan at Inter, he stayed in Italy and joined the Milan club in 2020. In three seasons, he played 77 matches, scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists.

Olympique de Marseille therefore becomes the ninth club of his football career.


The best of Alexis Sanchez at Inter Milan (2019-2022)

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He is the most capped of his selection

If Alexis Sánchez is a known player in Europe, his status is completely different in Latin America.

At home, in Chile, he is a true legend.

His adventure in selection started on April 27, 2006 and is still relevant.

This makes Alexis Sánchez the most capped player in Chile, tied with Gary Medel.

The two players are at 148 matches in selection and should not stop there.

Alexis Sánchez notably contributed to his country's victory in the Copa América in 2015 and 2016.

Alexis Sánchez after scoring the winning penalty in the Copa América final against Argentina.


He finished 10th at the Ballon d'Br

In 2015, Alexis Sánchez reached his best level and won his greatest personal distinctions.

He was included in the typical Premier League team of the season, was voted his club's best player of the year, and finished 10th in the Ballon d'Br rankings (his best result).

With his selection, he was also voted "best revelation of the 2010 World Cup" in South Africa.

He measures 1m68

Finally, there is only one centimeter, a few goals and a left foot which separates Alexis Sánchez from Lionel Messi.

On a more serious note, not many football players of this size have had a career like the Chilean's.

The latter measures 1m68 but compensates with his muscular physique, his good ball protection and his extraordinary speed.

Very lively, the Chilean remains a very complete player but his size is still unusual in the world of football.

He is a fan of Messi and Barca

Upon his arrival in Catalonia, Alexis Sánchez said:

“My family and I know that Barça is the perfect club to win titles.

It's the best club in the world!

In addition, I am proud to play with Messi, who is the best player in the world.

The Chilean will unfortunately not have marked the history of his heart club during his stay, even if his level of play was more than correct.

Lionel Messi (left) and Alexis Sánchez (right) in the colors of FC Barcelona in 2012. Panoramic

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-08-10

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