Today we celebrate the 32nd birthday of Inter Milan and Chile star Alexis Sanchez by taking a brief look back on his career story.
Alexis Alejandro Sanchez has been a major player in Europe for over a decade since arriving at Udinese at the age of 17 from his native Chile.
The 32-year-old has impressed observers across the continent with his pace, creativity, work-rate, and keen eye for goal. It’s made him a top player for Udinese, FC Barcelona, Arsenal, and currently Inter Milan.
Alexis has even had the rare privilege of tasting domestic success across four different nations (Chile, Argentina, Spain, and England) and hopes to make it five with Inter this season.
The forward first caught eye of most European football fans by completing a €26m transfer to Barcelona from Udinese in 2011. It made him the most expensive Chilean player in history. And he didn’t disappoint either, helping the Blaugrana win six titles during a superb three-year stay.
A €34m transfer to Arsenal followed in 2013, where Alexis established himself as a Premier League star. He finished all his three full campaigns at the Emirates with double figures in goals and assists before making a controversial switch to Manchester United in January 2018.
But ‘The Wonder Child’ lost his spark at Old Trafford and left for Inter in 2019 on loan, which later became a permanent move.
Alexis is also the record goalscorer of the Chile national team, having scored 43 goals in 131 caps. He’s also helped La Roja to back-to-back Copa America titles between 2015 and 2016 and took part in two World Cups.
Everyone here on Ace Football wishes Alexis a happy 32rd birthday and all the best for the upcoming year.
Here are some of the best tributes on Twitter today.
🎂 | BIRTHDAY
— Inter (@Inter_en) December 19, 2020
— RedReveal (@RedReveal) December 19, 2020
Baby Alexis Sanchez running riot for Udinese pic.twitter.com/mO2UtOdbgJ
— FUT Stephen A (@FutStephenA) December 18, 2020
🇨🇱✨⚽ เขาทำให้แฟนๆ @FCBarcelona ประหลาดใจด้วยประตู และแอสซิสต์ของเขา
— LaLiga Thailand (@LaLigaTH) December 19, 2020
Alexis Sánchez fête ses 3⃣2⃣ ans 🎁🎊😘
🤔 Ton joueur 🇨🇱 préféré à avoir évolué en Europe, c'est: _____ ✍️ pic.twitter.com/lmRGB5Frfk
— L'UEFA 🇫🇷 (@UEFAcom_fr) December 19, 2020