Alexis Sanchez is the mystery player we challenged you to guess in the quiz launched on our Instagram story. The clues to identify the attacker were:
- In his hometown, a street has been named after him
- Before joining Inter, he played for 7 clubs in 5 different countries
- He's the highest goalscorer in his country's history
AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS
Alexis Sanchez was born in Tocopilla (Chile) on 19 December 1988. His bond with the town remains strong and runs back to his childhood, when he used to amaze everyone with his athletic and gymnastic skills on the streets: somersaults, jumps and of course, football. Football boots were a dream back then and he made many sacrifices growing up, but Alexis only had eyes for football and his determination brought Tocopilla’s name to worldwide fame. He’s had an incredible career, winning many trophies across the globe, above all with the Chilean national team.
In 2013, the mayor of Tocopilla decided to dedicate one of the town’s streets to Alexis Sanchez: the old Cuarta Poniente was renamed after Alexis for his sporting achievements and for having endowed Tocopilla’s name with prestige.
Sanchez began his professional career with Cobreloa, in Calama in the Atacama desert. From there he went (via Udinese) to Colo Colo, with whom he won an Apertura and Clausura title. He then had a loan period at River Plate where he also won another trophy, the Clausura title. He finally arrived at Udinese and his spell there earned him interest from Barcelona where he’d go on to win La Liga, the Club World Cup, the European Super Cup, the Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups. After three seasons in Spain, he signed for Arsenal, where he scored 80 goals in 166 matches, won two FA Cups and three Community Shields. The 2016/17 season, where he scored 30 goals in 51 appearances, was his finest with The Gunners. In January 2018 he made the switch to Manchester United where he spent a season and a half before signing for Inter, his seventh team, in the summer of 2019.
Alexis Sanchez is a true legend of the Chilean national team and he currently holds the appearance record with 132 caps, ahead of Gary Medel (126). He’s also the top scorer in Chile’s history with 43 goals (ahead of Edu Vargas’ 38). Sanchez made his national team debut on 27 April 2006 in a friendly against New Zealand and has since won two Copa America titles (2015 and 2016), scoring the decisive penalty in the 2015 final vs. Argentina and earning the Player of the Tournament award in 2016.