Antonio Valencia says he is not xenophobic: “Sorry, but this is my opinion”

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Antonio Valencia says he is not xenophobic: “Sorry, but this is my opinion”

The former Ecuadorian soccer player Antonio valencia (38) assured this Wednesday that he is not xenophobic because of that criticism Hernán GalindezArgentine goalkeeper nationalized Ecuadorian, became the captain of the national team Ecuador last Sunday against Argentina, where the Albiceleste won 0-1 with a goal from Ángel Di María.

“I have nothing against Galíndez, and if I offended him, I apologize. For the rest, I am very sorry, but it is my opinion and I keep my word that an Ecuadorian player born in an Ecuadorian quarry is the captain of the national team.” Valencia said in statements to ‘El Canal del Fútbol’. The former player of the Ecuadorian national team recalled that “for four or five years” he was captain of the English Manchester United. “I really enjoyed it, no problem,” he noted.

On Sunday, after the friendly match against Argentina, Valencia assured through the social network X that “it is not possible for a foreigner to be the captain of our team, that would be more painful than defeat.” “I really appreciate the effort of the goalkeeper Galíndez, but… where are all the efforts made by Mendes, Aguinaga, Ulises, Iván, ‘Tin’ (Delgado), who opened the doors for Ecuadorian football to ask ?”

After the game, Galíndez explained to reporters the decision of Énner Valencia, captain and all-time top scorer of the Ecuadorian team, to wear the armband against Argentina. The goalkeeper of Argentine club Huracán said he felt “very proud” when Valencia spoke to him before the game to tell him he wanted him to be the captain.

Also, he said he accepts it “as something very important, because not everyone can have the privilege of wearing the captain’s ribbon.” “I am very happy and proud. I know I was not born in the country. I know the decision Énner made was not easy, but he definitely saw something in me that made him decide and I thank him very much,” he concluded.

Galíndez received Ecuadorian nationality in 2019 and in 2020 he was called up for the first time to join the Andean team, although he did not make his debut until the 2021 Copa América, when he established himself in the ‘Tri’ goal, the he is also one. defense in Qatar World Cup 2022.

Source: La Verdad

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