First spotted kicking a ball outside his home at the age of 11, Valencia soon rose to make his name at the celebrated Nacional club in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito.
A move to Europe followed, but the winger’s time with Villarreal in Spain was difficult and it wasn’t until he moved to Wigan in 2006, initially on loan, that he began to fulfil his potential.
United came knocking in 2009 and, recalling his excitement when he heard of the Reds' offer, Valencia said: "I was on holiday when I heard United were interested and I couldn’t believe it. They are moments you never forget."
In our exclusive interview above, Antonio discusses his journey to Manchester United.