Enner Valencia heads into his second FIFA World Cup with Ecuador. However, way before Qatar 2022, the veteran striker once allegedly faked an injury to escape from the police in an ambulance.
November 08, 2022 05:02PM EST
© Tim Nwachukwu/Getty ImagesEcuador striker Enner Valencia.
After four and a half years of waiting, the stage is set for another FIFA World Cup. In less than two weeks Ecuador other Qatar will face off in the inaugural game of Qatar 2022. Of course, it’s a moment La Tri have been eagerly looking forward to.
Having failed to qualify for Russia 2018, Ecuador were going through difficult times before the start of the South American qualifiers. However, hiring Gustavo Alfaro proved to be their best decision in years as the Argentine manager reversed their fortunes.
La Tri had a remarkable performance in the Conmebol qualifiers, securing an unlikely berth to Qatar over the likes of Chile, Colombia, Paraguayand Peru. The team has an interesting mix of youngsters like Moises Caicedo and veteran stars such as Ener Valenciawho once made headlines for the wrong reasons.
When Enner Valencia allegedly faked injury to escape police and arrest in an ambulance
In October 6, 2016, Ecuador picked up a comfortable home win over then reigning Copa America champions Chile in a World Cup qualifier. The result, however, was overshadowed by a bizarre situation happening off the field.
After 82 minutes, Enner Valencia was carted off on a stretcher after laying down on the field. Just when he was loaded onto the medical cart, the police started to chase the vehicle before Valencia was loaded into an ambulance.
It was revealed that the police had a warrant to arrest Valencia for unpaid child support expensesand had already tried to detain him when the team arrived at the stadium. The striker apparently knew about this and staged this exit to avoid the arrest.
Shortly after the game, the warrant was revoked and Valencia later told his side of the story. In a statement released on social media, the Ecuadorian striker said he was given custody of his daughter in December 2015 as his ex-wife spent the child maintenance expenses for personal use.
That meant he no longer had to pay the $4,820 monthly fee. Still, Valencia said that his ex-wife had “suspiciously” managed to reactivate those payments, which resulted in the aforementioned warrant for his arrest. Valencia added that the situation was resolved by giving one of his properties to cover the alleged unpaid fees and a $10,000 check.
Valencia, 33, had a great experience in Brazil 2014, scoring three goals for Ecuador — but his team couldn’t get past the group stage. Will La Tri have a deeper run this year? Using this World Cup Predictoryou can see every potential outcome of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.