Barcelona has now officially welcomed Alexis Sanchez to their team before thousands of cheering fans. Alexis Sanchez isn’t cheap … for £23m over 5 years, with a possible raise up to £33m, Alexis Sanchez is going to among the top paid footballers worldwide.
For those that don’t know Alexis Sanchez:
Sánchez began his career as a youth player for Cobreloa in 2003, aged 15, for then be promoted to the first adult team, two years later. His precocious talent caught the attention of Udinese, team of the Italian Serie A, and signed the 17-year-old for US$3 million in May 2006, but was immediately loaned out to Colo-Colo, and then River Plate where he was able to mature in less physically demanding confines than Italian first division.
After of fully consecrated at South America, being champion of the Argentina and Chilean league, in June 2008, he joined Udinese. Sánchez made a steady progress in his first two seasons at Udinese, but in the 2010-11 season he it strengthens in the team of Friuli, having between his achievements be voted player of the season in Italy, being the first Chilean player in receive this honour. On 27 February 2011, Sánchez scored four of seven goals as his team defeated Palermo7-0, playing only the first 52 minutes of the game. This event meant he broke the record of goals scored by a Chilean player (in a single match) in the Italian Serie A, thus beating the records set by his historic countrymen Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamorano.
Alexis made his international debut for his national team against Sweden in 2006 and scored his first goal against Switzerland in a 2–1 loss, being also the first goal of the Marcelo Bielsa era. During the period of Bielsa, he was the top-scorer of Chile with 14 goals surpassing to Humberto Suazo with 11 goals.
I have little doubt that Alexis Sanchez will help Barcelona over the next few seasons.
Here are the photos of Barcelona’s presentation of Alexis Sanchez.