Alexis Sanchez has won more caps and scored more goals than any player in Chile’s history, being a key figure in winning back-to-back Copa Americas in 2015 and 2016.
CHILE IS ALWAYS ON MY MIND
“My family is there, I love Chile. I always look to raise the name of my country high up in the world. Every time I go, people show me that they love me very much. The young children, they are the ones who look up to you, as an idol, and you try to do your best for them.”
IT’S AN IMMENSE FEELING
“When you first play for your country you fail to understand the magnitude of playing for Chile. The first time I wore the shirt, I could not believe it. It’s like defending your country. It’s something very nice and now you appreciate it more, because we did not qualify for the World Cup. Now, when you wear Chile’s shirt, it makes your hair stand on end.”
“When we won our first Copa America in Chile, and the support of all the people, our family and friends… It was very nice for the entire country. On top of that, we beat Argentina, they were a world power, with impressive players. The truth is that it makes me very happy, also for my team-mates, as we made a great effort that day. I think the Chileans are going to remember it their whole lives. What is more, we won the same cup twice. The second one too, I think, was a joy for Chile. And to this day they are proud of every player. We need to repeat this triumph, do our best to take Chile to the top.”
“Being the top scorer for Chile and having the record of most appearances makes me feel proud of myself. Also of everything we have achieved, because, in the end, if you are the top scorer and you haven't achieved anything, it doesn’t do you much good. Because of the way I am, I try my best every game. I want to keep evolving and strive to improve. I really hope to keep improving, to play another World Cup, to win another Copa America, to keep growing in the national team, scoring more goals, and continuing to give joy to the Chilean people.”
“I think all the players are looking forward to the next World Cup [Qatar 2022]. They also feel sorry because we did not qualify to the Russia World Cup, and they regret it. Many players felt bad and were very sad because the World Cup is a beautiful thing. I played twice in a World Cup and three times with the Under-20 version, and the truth is that you live differently. I hope to go to another World Cup and gain the respect that Chile had before.”
Alexis was speaking to United Review, the matchday programme at Old Trafford.