He has spent most of his career in North America, winning three Liga MX titles.
The creative midfielder scored 100 goals in Mexico, putting him in Naxaca folklore, meaning he is considered a legend by Mexican and Ecuadorian fans.
Number of matches: 99
This Manchester United player came onto the scene during the second half of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure and became one of the greatest players to ever come out of Ecuador.
A winger at the start of his career – becoming a right-back in the latter stages – he played a vital role in the success of Manchester United, which won several. English Premier League titles.
Antonio Valencia was signed from Wigan Athletic in 2009 on a £16million deal and played a huge role in reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2011, where the Red Devils lost to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.
At international level, Valencia played alongside Mendes in the squad that secured Ecuador a second consecutive World Cup appearance in 2006.
The winger scored two goals in the qualifying process for the tournament. In 2014, Valencia wore the bracelet as Ecuador reached the World Cup again in Brazil.
The versatile wide man is considered the players who have beaten the most ground of any Ecuadorian player of all time in Europe and thus positions himself near the top of Ecuadorian football folklore.
5. Alberto Spencer
Alberto Spencer is a hotly contested choice for the top spot as he has struggled to show his ability due to Ecuador’s lack of quality which means they rarely qualify for international competitions.
This prolific striker is considered the greatest player not to have played in the World Cup by many Ecuadorian fans.