The Chilean rakes in £350,000 a week basic salary, rising to £600,000 after bonuses.
He plied his trade at Arsenal and Barcelona before arriving in Manchester, two of the world’s great football clubs.
Man United made Alexis Sanchez the highest-paid player in England when they signed him
However, it is a long journey from where he first got noticed, playing for Udinese
But the real work began in Udinese – that is where his exceptional talents were first noticed.
It wasn’t all plain sailing to the top, however, and in United’s magazine this month, there is a 16-page special on the club’s newest arrival, some of which detailing his stay in Italy.
One story about his time at Udinese will pique the interest. Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto, who tracked the forward’s progress during his time in Serie A, recalled a time where Sanchez chose to run home from training after absent-mindedly locking his keys in his car.
‘Once, after training, Alexis drove into Udine to do some shopping,’ Oleotto said via United’s official website. ‘But he accidentally locked his keys and mobile phone in his car.
‘I’m not sure what most people would have done, but he just ran home. He jogged the eight kilometres from the heart of the city to his house in the hills. Bemused locals saw him in his club tracksuit running and called us at the paper. It was typical of Alexis to turn the situation into an improvised cross-country run.’
He was committed to his training: he once left his keys in his car and ran eight kilometres home
It was typical behaviour at the time because Sanchez had made a conscious effort to bulk up and really whip himself into shape during his time a Stadio Friuli.
Now, the muscle-bound forward boasts a strong physique, but Oleotto remembers a time when that was not the case.
‘In his first season, he [Alexis] was skinny and stayed on the right wing a lot,’ Oleotto said. ‘The physicality in the penalty area was too much for him. But the team needed him more central, closer to the goal, to make the most of his dribbling.
‘So he began improving his body and they built him an ad-hoc gym. He worked out for two hours a day after training. I remember seeing him halfway through pre-season training camp and being shocked by how much muscle he had put on.’
During his time in Serie A, he began to improve his physique and the results were visible