Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sanchez Facts

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sanchez Facts

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¦ HOMETOWN GLORY IN Sanchez's hometown of Tocopilla, Chile, not only is there a statue in his honour but also a street named after him. Residents of the city voted and chose the street formerly known as 'Cuarta Poniente' (fourth street), the location of the Cancha Lazareto football pitch where Sanchez first began playing, to be renamed Calle Alexis Sanchez.

¦ THE WONDER KID DESPITE being known as 'El Nino Maravilla', which translates as 'The Wonder Kid', Sanchez went by a different name growing up. He was referred to by the people in his city as 'ardilla' or 'dilla', which translates as 'squirrel'. He was given this nickname because he was always seen climbing on the roofs of houses and up trees as well as jumping into gardens and running under fences in order to find his football. …

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