Alexis Sanchez entered the record books last month after he signed for Premier League giants United and became the highest paid player in England’s top flight competition.
Sanchez, who was linked with City for most of the previous year, chose to join the Red Devils in a deal that earns him £350,000-per-week, which after bonuses, supposedly adds up to become a colossal figure of £600,000-per-week.
However, the thing that these numbers don’t even remotely reveal is the amount of dedication and hard work which the ex-Arsenal star put in from the time he was first discovered at Udinese.
The Chile international, who later switched to Barcelona before making a move to the Emirates and eventually landing up at Old Trafford, worked extremely hard on every aspect of his game, and especially his physical attributes, to become the superstar he is today.
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Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto, who tracked Sanchez during his time with the Serie A giants, told a particularly intriguing incident when the Chilean starlet once locked his cell-phone and car keys in the car, and chose to ‘run home’ from training, as he discussed the rise of the 29-year-old. [via ManUtd.com]
Oleotto said: “In his first season, he [Alexis] was skinny and stayed on the right wing a lot. The physicality in the penalty area was too much for him. But the team needed him more central, closer to the goal, to make the most of his dribbling.
“So he began improving his body and they built him an ad-hoc gym. He worked out for two hours a day after training. I remember seeing him halfway through pre-season training camp and being shocked by how much muscle he had put on.”
The Italian further recalled:”Once, after training, Alexis drove into Udine to do some shopping. But he accidentally locked his keys and mobile phone in his car.
“I’m not sure what most people would have done, but he just ran home. He jogged the 8km from the heart of the city to his house in the hills.
“Bemused locals saw him in his club tracksuit running and called us at the paper. It was typical of Alexis to turn the situation into an improvised cross-country run.”