- Jorge Valdivia
Football player infobox
playername = Jorge Valdivia
fullname = Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro
nickname = El Mago
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1983|10|19
height = height|m=1.75
Al Ain FC
clubnumber = 10
years = 2003–2006
→ U. de Concepción (Loan)
→ Servette (Loan)
Al Ain FC
caps(goals) = 32 (13)
nationalyears = 2004-present
nationalteam = Chile
nationalcaps(goals) = 26 0(1)
16 September 2008
22 August 2008
Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (born
October 19 1983in Maracaibo, Venezuela) is a Chileaninternational football player, who currently plays for Al-Ain FCas an attacking midfielder.
Nicknamed 'El Mago' (The Magician), Valdivia previously played for Universidad de Concepción,
Rayo Vallecanoin Spain, Colo-Coloin Chile and Servette FCin Switzerland. After winning the 2006 Apertura tournament with Colo-Colo, Valdivia was sold to Palmeiras for a transfer fee of $3.5 million and will make $400,000 annually.
He quickly became a fan favourite at Palmeiras due to his great skills, and he was considered the team's most important player and of the best players in the
Brazilian Série Aduring the year 2007.
He had an excellent São Paulo State Championship in
2008and was a key part of the winning Palmeiras side. He was elected the Most Valuable Player of this competition. He was linked with a move to Europe, namely with Hertha Berlin. He has a similar playing style to Tomas Rosickyand his dribbling has been compared to that of Lionel Messi. He also possesses an accurate shot.
Copa América 2007, Valdivia was banned from the Chilean national team for 20 matches, after a scandal in which he, along with 5 other players, allegedly showed up drunk to the team's hotel after their match against Mexico. They lost the following match against Brazil 5-0.
On August 15th, Goal.com announced that Jorge Valdivia is moving to Al Ain in the UAE league. Al Ain will pay up to 8 million € to Palmeiras.
On August 17th , Valdivia has put pen to paper when he signed a 4 year contract for € 17 million that should keep him with
Al-Ain FCtill 2012 .By signing this contract he is the most expensive player in the Gulf.
São Paulo State Championship: 2008
*17th August 2008 to 15th July 2012
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