Alexis Sanchez is a Chile international football player who currently features for the Spanish and European giants Barcelona. He plays as a winger and was named by the World Soccer magazine as one of the “50 most exciting teenagers in the world game” when he was in his teens.
Sanchez started his professional club football career at Chilean club Cobreloa. He scored 12 goals in 50 league appearances for them in the 2005-2006 season and was signed by Italian outfit Udinese in 2006.
Sanchez was loaned out to Chilean giants Colo-Colo for the 2006-2007 season in which he scored 9 goals in 48 league matches and was hugely impressive. Sanchez then played the 2007-2008 season on loan at Argentine powerhouse River Plate and scored three goals in 18 league matches.
Sanchez returned to Udinese in 2008 and established himself as one of the most promising and skilful players in entire Europe, helping the Bianconeri reach the Champions League during his time at the Stadio Friuli.
After scoring 20 goals in 95 league appearances for Udinese, Sanchez joined Barcelona in July 2011 for a transfer fee of €26 million. He was injured for much of the 2010-11 season.
Sanchez made his international debut for Chile on April 27, 2006 against New Zealand and has played in over 50 matches for his country. He played for Chile at the 2010 World Cup finals.