The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Ecuadorean Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Ecuadorean Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Ecuadorean Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 64.94, Alberto Spencer is the most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 24 different languages on wikipedia.
Alberto Pedro Spencer Herrera (6 December 1937 – 3 November 2006) was an Ecuadorian-Uruguayan footballer who played as a forward, regarded as the best Ecuadorian footballer of all time. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004. He was known as "Cabeza Mágica" (Spanish for magic head).
With an HPI of 59.93, Antonio Valencia is the 2nd most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 61 different languages.
Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, known as Antonio Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo βaˈlensja]; born 4 August 1985), is an Ecuadorian former professional footballer who played primarily at a right-wing, then as a right-back throughout his career. After progressing through the youth system at El Nacional, Valencia became a first team regular and made over 80 appearances for the club. He won the Ecuadorian Serie A with them before signing for La Liga side Villarreal in 2005. He only made two league appearances for the Spanish side in between loan spells at Recreativo for the 2005–06 season and later English Premier League club Wigan Athletic from 2006 to 2008. Wigan Athletic later signed Valencia on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2008. His performances for Wigan Athletic soon attracted attention from several high-profile clubs, eventually signing for Manchester United in June 2009. Valencia was voted into the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season with the club, and he went on to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, three FA Community Shields and the UEFA Europa League. In July 2019 Valencia returned to Ecuador, signing with LDU Quito, with whom he won the inaugural Copa Ecuador in his first season. He announced his retirement in May 2021.Valencia made his Ecuador debut in 2004 and has represented his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2007 Copa América, the 2011 Copa América, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Copa América Centenario and the 2019 Copa América. Valencia won 99 caps and scored 11 goals for his country.
With an HPI of 55.16, Felipe Caicedo is the 3rd most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Felipe Salvador Caicedo Corozo (born 5 September 1988) is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Lazio. A full international since 2005, he has represented Ecuador at the Copa América in 2007 and 2011, as well as at the 2014 World Cup. Caicedo is also Ecuador's fifth highest goalscorer of all-time with 23 goals to his name.
With an HPI of 54.76, Agustín Delgado is the 4th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Agustín Javier Delgado Chalá (born 23 December 1974 in Ambuquí, Imbabura) is a retired Ecuadorian footballer who played as a forward. Nicknamed Tín, Delgado is the all-time top scorer for the Ecuadorian national team with 31 goals in 71 games. He played professional club football in Ecuador, Mexico and England.
With an HPI of 53.81, Iván Hurtado is the 5th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Iván Jacinto Hurtado Angulo (born 16 August 1974) is an Ecuadorian former professional footballer who played as a centre back. With 168 international appearances for Ecuador between 1992 and 2014, he is the most capped South American male footballer of all time, and the twelfth-most capped male international footballer in history.
With an HPI of 53.58, Carlos Tenorio is the 6th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Carlos Vicente Tenorio Medina (born 14 May 1979) is an Ecuadorian footballer who currently plays for Ecuadorian club Atlético Saquisilí.
With an HPI of 53.21, Enner Valencia is the 7th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.
Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra (born 4 November 1989) is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Turkish club Fenerbahçe and the Ecuador national team.Valencia has previously played for Emelec in Ecuador, where he won the 2013 Ecuadorian Serie A and was awarded the Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot in 2013. Valencia also played for Pachuca in Mexico, being awarded the Liga MX Golden Boot in the 2014 Clausura tournament. He joined West Ham United for an estimated £12 million in July 2014. At international level, Valencia has earned over 50 caps for Ecuador since his debut in 2012. He represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Copa América in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021. With 31 goals, Valencia is tied with Agustín Delgado for Ecuador's all-time top goalscorer, and shares with the same player the record for most goals at World Cup finals tournaments for the country, with three.
With an HPI of 53.19, Álex Aguinaga is the 8th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Álex Dario Aguinaga Garzón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaleks aɣiˈnaɣa]; born July 9, 1968 in Ibarra) is an Ecuadorian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. As a player, he is one of the all-time cap leaders for Ecuador with 109 matches, scoring 23 goals. Aguinaga is known as one of the best Ecuadorian footballers of all time. On the club level, Aguinaga has played for Deportivo Quito, Necaxa, Cruz Azul and LDU Quito.
With an HPI of 52.54, Iván Kaviedes is the 9th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Jaime Iván Kaviedes Llorenty (born 24 October 1977) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a forward.
With an HPI of 52.18, Christian Noboa is the 10th most famous Ecuadorean Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Christian Fernando Noboa Tello (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjan noˈβoa]; born 9 April 1985) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club PFC Sochi and the Ecuadorian national team as a central midfielder.
Pantheon has 54 people classified as soccer players born between 1937 and 1995. Of these 54, 52 (96.30%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Antonio Valencia, Felipe Caicedo, and Agustín Delgado. The most famous deceased soccer players include Alberto Spencer and Christian Benítez. As of October 2020, 6 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Oswaldo Ibarra, Joffre Guerrón, and Augusto Porozo.
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