Born on December 19, 1988 in the city of Tocopilla (Chile) Alexis Sánchez's career started at the age of 15 when he signed for local outfit Cobreloa. He made his professional debut aged just 16 years on February 12, 2005. In his first year he made 38 appearances and scored 3 goals. In July 2006, Cobreloa sold Alexis to Udinese, who immediately loaned him out to one of the top sides in Chile, Colo-Colo. He played 48 games there and scored nine goals. In the 2007-08 season, Udinese loaned him again, this time to River Plate in Argentina. He was only at the 'millionaires' for a season, but impressed considerably in his 31 appearances.
So, in the 2008/09 season, Udinese decided to add him to their squad at the tender age of 19. It took him a few months to adapt to life in Europe, but the Italian outfit soon realised that they had made the right choice. He played 43 league, cup and European games and scored 3 goals. The 2009/2010 season was even better, in which he was given more chances, playing 36 games and scoring six goals.
It was in the 2010/2011 season that he really exploded. He was amazing in the Calcio and was named player of the year. He played a total of 33 games, 31 in the league, and scored more goals than ever in a season, twelve. He also supplied a host of assists and attracted the interest of some of the biggest clubs in the world. Eventually, following a long negotiation process, he signed for Barça and was presented on July 25, 2011.
Alexis Sánchez didn’t take long to fit in at FC Barcelona. With 15 goals in 41 games he not only set a personal record, but also won the affection of the Catalans with his piercing runs and dynamic displays down the wing, which fitted in perfectly with the team’s needs. He helped win the Spanish Supercup, European Supercup, Clubs World Cup and Copa del Rey, although a series of minor injuries prevented him from playing an even bigger role in Pep Guardiola’s plans. He scored his first goal for Barça on August 29, 2011 in a resounding win against Villarreal in the second game of season, and the first that Alexis started.
Alexis Sánchez has played internationally for Chile at every level, and was a member of the squad that went to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup and went out of the competition to Brazil in the round of 16. He was also in Argentina in 2011 for the Copa America.