In the midst of anticipation and debate, the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar eventually got under way. Ecuador and the tournament’s hosts, Qatar, squared off in Group A opening match. Enner Valencia, the South American team’s captain, who was directing the attacking line in the striker’s position, helped the country of South America get off to a fantastic start.
Also he became the first player to score first ever goal in 2022 FIFA World Cup with the remarkable performance.
The 33-year-old was in incredible shape going into the Qatar-hosted FIFA World Cup in 2022. Prior to the tournament, he made 22 appearances across all competitions, scoring 15 goals and dishing out four assists. While playing for Fenerbahce, his goal-scoring prowess made him a well-liked character in the Turkish Super Lig.
The best performances by Enner Valencia occurred while he was competing for his nation. In 75 appearances across all competitions for Ecuador, the striker has scored 37 goals.
Since making his debut in 2012, Valencia has earned more than 70 caps for Ecuador at the international level. At the Copa América in 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2021, as well as the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2022, he represented his country. Valencia is Ecuador’s all-time leading scorer with 37 goals. He also holds the record for his nation’s most World Cup finals goals with five.