Enner Valencia is one of the most explosive talents to emerge from Ecuador over the last few years. Despite starting out as an attacking right-sided midfielder, the 25-year-old now plays as a left winger and is a speedy dribbler with two good feet and a keen eye for goal.
Superman, as he is nicknamed in Ecuador, made his professional debut and came to prominence at Emelec, where he quickly established himself as a starter. His impressive form saw him finish as top goalscorer in the 2013 Copa Sudamericana and helped seal a move to Pachuca in Mexico. Valencia adapted quickly to his new surroundings and ended his first season at Pachuca among the league’s highest scorers.
His Ecuador career began in the youth teams and he was part of the Tri squad at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. His debut for the senior side then came in 2012 in a friendly against Honduras and he was a key player in the qualifiers for Brazil 2014, starting three games on the road to the World Cup. His first two international goals also arrived in preparation for Brazil and he showed all of his qualities in the friendly against Australia in March as he bagged an assist, won a penalty and went on to score the winner in a 4-3 victory.