Five facts on Alexis Sanchez


Alexis Sanchez’s long-running transfer saga finally ended on Monday when he left Arsenal for Manchester United in a deal that will reportedly make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

Here we pick out five facts on the 29-year-old Chile striker:


Mother’s pride
Sanchez grew up in abject poverty — his father abandoned the family shortly before he was born — in the Chilean coastal town of Tocopilla. His mother Martina sold fish and Sanchez earned some money washing cars. While still a boy, he swore to her and his three siblings that one day they wouldn’t have to worry about where the next loaf of bread would come from.

He told Spanish newspaper El Pais in 2013: “I’d say to my mum, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be a footballer and everything will work out -– we’ll have money’, and she would laugh.” He honoured both promises.

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