Antonio Valencia has sent Manchester United fans a heartfelt message ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The Ecuadorian was an indispensable asset under Jose Mourinho last season, providing an endless stream of powerful performances at right back.
He was handed a new contract in response to his efforts and given the chance to captain Man United in the Europa League final back in May.
And Valencia, soon after turning 32, was quick to express his gratitude to United fans for their support over the last year.
A new year in my life. I want to thank God, my daughter, my family, my club and to you for your support. Hope to have a great new year! pic.twitter.com/DJ2IJYnOXn
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) August 4, 2017
The right back serves as an example of one’s footballing style mirroring the very person they are: he has no regard for flashiness or fame and places his religion, family and country above anything, using that personal mythos as the driving force behind his ruthless approach to the beautiful game.
Even during periods where supporters regarded him as far from United standard, he would be there with the same attitude every week, ready to commit himself to the cause.
Now United’s second longest serving player, Valencia espouses an attitude inextricably linked to a Sir Alex Ferguson era that produced serial winners, and supporters, for however long it lasts, ought to appreciate what the 32-year-old brings to the table.