Antonio Valencia has dedicated Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea to those Ecuadorians who suffered following an earthquake in his homeland a year earlier.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera secured three points for Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford as they closed to within four points of a Champions League place, but the 31-year-old had his homeland in mind after the game.
Posting on Instagram, he said: “1 year of the earthquake in Ecuador, I want to dedicate today's result to the people of my country.”
A 1 año del terremoto en Ecuador, quiero dedicar este triunfo a ese pueblo que se unió. @manchesterunited 1 year of the earthquake in Ecuador, I want to dedicate today's result to the people of my country @manchesterunited
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On April 16, 2016, a huge quake struck the western coast of the right-back's homeland, leaving over 660 dead and nearly 17,000 injured.
It was the country’s worst natural disaster since 1949 and left many thousands without homes and an estimated $3 billion of damage was done.