Alexis Sanchez: Characteristics that Everyone can Learn From
Alexis Sanchez's recent award for being named the best player at the Copa America Centenario will come as no surprise to fans of the Chilean.
He's been lighting the soccer world ablaze for many years, most recently plying his trade in Italy for Udinese, in Spain for Barcelona and now in North London for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.
Let's examine 5 attributes that make Sanchez one of the best wingers in the world.
1. Unparalleled Effort
Few players, no matter their position, work harder then Alexis Sanchez does during a match.
Typically deployed on the left-flank for Arsenal, Sanchez is tasked with the creation and conversion of goals by cutting inside to his favored right foot. He excels at this, with his pace, low center of gravity, and incredible technical ability, but one of the things that truly sets Alexis apart is his work rate. The Chilean will press, harass, and track back to defend as often and consistently as any other player on the pitch.
If you're a young player looking to mold your game after a player, or players, take a page out of Sanchez's book when it comes to effort.
2. Technical Magician
The athletic balance and dynamism Sanchez brings to the table is astounding to behold, his dexterity, agility, and unreal technical ability make him the ultimate winger that any Club would love to have sport the badge.
His body swerves and feints are incredibly difficult to try to contain, and his diminutive stature allow him a grace and brilliance on the ball that few can match. Sanchez seems as though he was born with a ball at his feet, but the reality is that he has put in endless hours of work in training on developing his ball mastery and first touch, and this makes him an elite wide player.
As always, one of the most important things for aspiring players to work on is their technical skills.
3. Refusal to Lose
For Sanchez, losing genuinely gives him a stomachache and fits at night, so to avoid this, he is willing to give every ounce of his physical being to get his team over the line.
Few players in world soccer wear their heart on their sleeve like Alexis, his commitment to excellence and passion for victory is unparalleled at Arsenal. His determination to find success in 1v1 situations in the attacking-third of the pitch makes for poetry in motion, and the Chilean's teammates all know they can count on their South American hit man to help them earn points for the team whenever he takes the pitch.
Find a refuse to lose attitude inside yourself, and embody the spirit of electric Alexis.
4. Willingness to Dream Big
One of the attributes that sets Alexis apart from his contemporaries is his willingness to try the audacious, attempt the spectacular, dream the impossible dream. That's what Alexis all about.
He is willing to strike a ball when the angle seems tight, he's willing to take on 1, 2, 3 defenders and burst ahead towards goal with incredible solo runs, this is a player who is willing to commit to the spectacular.
The self-confidence and mentality to gamble on greatness, coupled with incredible talent, makes Alexis Sanchez a unique modern day winger. Shoot for the stars and don't let anything get in your way.
5. Connection to The Past
Alexis Sanchez came from extreme poverty in his native Chile. He worked his tail off to achieve the unachievable, defying the odds to become a global superstar.
Yet despite all the acclaim, and his arrival on the scene as one of the best wingers in the game, he has never forgotten his roots, and has to date built two all-weather soccer fields for the kids in his home town of Tocopilla, Chile.
Alexis has never forgotten where he came from, he remembers his humble origins, knows his roots, and this humility makes him a better player, and a role model that all aspiring wingers can look to emulate.