Born in Aldaia, Juan Sanchez came up through the Valencia CF Academy, and in the 1992-93 season began to feature for the first team as a substitute. He was loaned out to Real Mallorca in the Spanish second division, where he would gain prominence over the course of an excellent season. However, on his return to Valencia he was transferred to Celta Vigo in a swap deal with Jorge Otero. He would spend five years there and scored 13 goals in his last season.
Sanchez returned to Valencia CF in the 1999-2000 season and was dubbed "The Romario of Aldaia," featuring regularly in the starting lineup because of his great ability as a poaching striker. He scored an average of 10 goals per season. During his time at Valencia the club won two La Liga titles, one Spanish Super Cup and one UEFA Cup. When his contract expired, the forward returned to Celta Vigo, who had just been relegated, to fight for their return to the Primera Division. After achieving promotion, he retired a year later.
He received one cap for Spain, debuting on November 18th, 1998 in a match Spain drew with Italy.
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