Ex-West Ham United cult hero Enner Valencia takes centre stage scoring World Cup opener for Ecuador vs Qatar.

The 2022 World Cup kicked off this afternoon with the hosts Qatar taking on South American outfit Ecuador.

And the Ecuadorians were clearly streets ahead of the Arab nation.

It was a one-time Hammer that stole the show.

Qatar v Ecuador: Group A - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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33-year-old Enner Valencia broke the deadlock after just three minutes, but the goal was ruled out after a really tight offside call.

The former West Ham striker didn’t let it get to him though, and bounced back with a bang…

Ex-West Ham cult hero takes centre stage scoring World Cup opener for Ecuador vs Qatar

Enner Valencia scored the opening goal at the 2022 World Cup from the spot after 16 minutes.

If that wasn’t enough, he added a second for good measure after 33 minutes.

Valencia spent three years with West Ham, scoring 10 goals for the club (Soccerbase).

Ex-West Ham cult hero takes centre stage scoring World Cup opener for Ecuador vs Qatar
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The 33-year-old is most remembered by the Hammers fans for the absolute rocket of a goal that he scored away against Hull City way back in 2014.

He went to to play for Everton on loan, Tigres UANL in Mexico and he’s now with Fenerbahce.

I always feel like we never got the best out of him during his time at the club.

And Valencia proved today that he still has so much quality during the World Cup opener with a couple of really well taken goals during the first-half.

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