Who is Enner Valencia, Ecuador’s hero in World Cup opener

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Who is Enner Valencia – Valencia is soccer player, the first goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The striker was the first player to find the back of the net at the ongoing tournament.

Valencia now Ecuador’s top scorer – Goals: 33 in 64 matches

Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe and captains the Ecuador national team. Valencia has previously played for Emelec in Ecuador, where he won the 2013 Ecuadorian Serie A and was awarded the Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot in 2013.

NameEnner Valencia (Soccer player)
NicknameSuperman
Date of Birth4 November, 1989 (age 33 years)
Height:5′ 10″
Current Teams:Ecuador National Football Team
Fenerbahçe S.K.
Career Start:2005
Spouse:Sharon Escobar
Parents:Bolivia Lastra, Remberto Valencia
Footed:Right
Social MediaInstagram
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Enner Valencia – a striker with an eye for a goal

The 33-year-old attacker, nicknamed Superman, increased his record tally of goals for Ecuador to 37 and also became the country’s highest scoring player in the FIFA World Cup as his double at the Al Bayt Stadium added to the three he scored in 2014.

He looked to have opened the scoring in the early stages of the game but it was disallowed for an offside in the build-up. However, the striker finally gave Ecuador the lead and scored the first goal of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the 16th minute via a penalty. He extended Ecuador’s lead by scoring a second in the 31st minute with a precise header into the bottom corner.

The skipper put his team into a commanding position before limping off with an injury in the 77th minute. Thanks to his brace, Ecuador won the first game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 by a 2-0 score against Qatar.

Enner Valencia History

Enner Valencia was born in the city of San Lorenzo on 4 November 1989. He began his professional career after signing for the senior team of CS Emelec in Ecuador in 2010. He moved to Mexico four years later to sign for Pachuca. In the year 2014-15, the striker made the move that made him extremely notable. That is when he signed for West Ham United in the Premier League.

He spent a season on loan to Everton as well before permanently moving back to Mexico to sign for Tigres UANL. In 2020, Valencia moved back to Europe after Fenerbahce decided to bring him to Turkey, hoping to capitalise on his exceptional finishing qualities and positional awareness while leading the forward line.

In terms of performance, Valencia scored 41 goals for Fenerbahce (as of today), 34 goals for Tigres, 23 goals for CS Emelec, 18 goals for Pachuca, 10 goals for West Ham United and three goals for Everton. He won four trophies with Tigres and one with CS Emelec apart from several individual honours.

Ecuador National Football Team

Enner Valencia’s best performances have come while playing for his country. The striker has 37 goals in 75 appearances for Ecuador in all competitions. He is the country’s leading goalscorer of all time and might add more in the future. Furthermore, with 75 appearances, he is the 10th-highest appearance-maker for Ecuador.

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