Ecuador’s Enner Valencia on verge of all-time World Cup record after brace vs Qatar

Ecuador star Enner Valencia is on the verge of equalling a remarkable World Cup record, it has been revealed.

The name of hitman Valencia of course took its place centre stage in the headlines across world football earlier today.

This came upon Ecuador kicking their campaign into gear on international football’s biggest stage.

A showdown with tournament hosts Qatar ultimately culminated in La Tri securing an early advantage in the Group A table, courtesy of a deserved two-goal triumph.

And the aforementioned Valencia, for his part, proved the star of the show, netting both of his country’s goals at the Al Bayt Stadium.

As alluded to above, though, the former Everton and West Ham star’s latest double did not only prove significant from the collective viewpoint of guiding Ecuador to a crucial opening day win.

In addition, Valencia inched ever closer to etching his name indellibly into the history books of international football.

All told, the 33-year-old has now, remarkably, bagged each of Ecuador’s last five goals at the World Cup.

Should he go on to net the next, too, then Valencia will equal the all-time record of six, currently held by the trio of Eusebio, Paolo Rossi and Oleg Salenko.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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