About Alexis Sanchez
A professional footballer from Chile, Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez was born on December 19, 1988, and his estimated net worth is $55 million. For the Chilean national team and Serie A club Inter Milan, Sanchez is a forward. He is known as “El Niño Maravilla” in popular culture.
Udinese is a team renowned for snagging unknown players from some of the world’s most remote locations and turning them into stars.
Over the past 20 years, their superb scouting system has lured players like Marcio Amoroso, Sulley Muntari, and Asamoah Gyan to the Stadio Friuli, but signing a 16-year-old Alexis Sanchez from Cobreloa for US$3 million in 2006 may turn out to be their greatest coup of all.
They sold him to Barcelona for an initial US$38.2 million, with the possibility of a further $16.5 million based on performance when he excelled for the team in the 2010–11 season.
The youngster has exceptional vision, movement, and speed, and during the 2010–11 season, he showed signs of growing a desire for goals.
The formative years
When Sanchez joined Cobreloa at the age of 15 in 2003, he only played there for one season. After making his Copa Libertadores debut as the youngest player ever and making an impression during his brief time with the first team, Udinese snatched him up for an amount said to be as high as US$3 million. The young player was quickly loaned to Colo Colo and subsequently River Plate, where he could develop in environments that were less physically demanding than Serie A.
El Nio Maravilla (The Boy Wonder), who made his Serie A debut against Juventus in September 2008 and scored his first league goal against Lecce a month later, advanced steadily during his first two seasons at Udinese.
When head coach Francesco Guidolin chose to play him more centrally in the 2010-11 season, he would increase his goal total from eight throughout the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns.
The striker finished the season as the leading scorer in Serie A with 28 goals thanks to Sanchez’s excellent play in the background. The Chilean, who helped the underdog northern team qualify for the Champions League, scored 12 of his own goals and was widely regarded as Player of the Season.
He’s worth as much as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, according to Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo, who noted his new Trequartista’s impressive performance and the intensity of interest from rival teams.
New beginnings in Barcelona
In his debut season with the team, Sanchez scored 12 La Liga goals while occasionally showing the form that had convinced Barcelona to part with so much cash.
He failed to establish himself, putting in a couple of underwhelming displays, and starting just 18 games in La Liga during his second campaign at Camp Nou.
His greatest campaign to date came in 2013–2014. One of his best goals while wearing a Barca jersey was his exquisite chip that sealed the victory 12 minutes from time in the Clasico against Real Madrid. His career-high total of 18 league goals at season’s finish.
At 17 years, four months, and eight days old, Sanchez made his senior debut against New Zealand in 2006, becoming his nation’s youngest player ever. Sanchez continued to stand out at the youth level, most notably in Chile’s 2007 Under-20 World Cup victory over Congo, where he outplayed his opponents and netted a goal from 20 yards out.
At the 2010 World Cup, Sanchez was a constant threat for Chile as his explosive wing performance in South Africa enabled La Roja (The Red One) advance to the round of 16.
His superb play would set the stage for an amazing season for Udinese and catapult him to stardom.
Sanchez scored against Uruguay at the 2011 Copa America, although Chile was eliminated by Venezuela in the quarterfinals.
Alexis, who has more than 135 caps and is Chile’s all-time leading scorer, has participated in five major tournaments. Alexis Sanchez’s net worth is projected to be $55 million as of 2023. Chile won the 2015 Copa América thanks to a goal from Sanchez.