Is Manchester United star the worst player of the World Cup?

Ecuador crowd sign

Antonio Valencia may have signed a new deal at Manchester United, but his performances at the World Cup have disappointed.

Antonio Valencia was awarded a red card for a dangerous challenge in his final World Cup game, letting his country down at a crucial moment.

Ecuador needed win at the World Cup against France to progress to the second round, and only when his side were reduced to 10 men, did they actually improve.

That in essence summed up Valencia's tournament, a missed opportunity for the South Americans and for him individually to shine.

As the most expensively valued and high profile star in the side by a long stretch, more was expected from the Manchester United winger, and that's aside from his red card at a crucial point, letting his country down.

Valencia was poor creatively, failing to inspire his side and show why the Red Devils viewed him as worthy of a new contract.

Playing each match in his preferred position in midfield, Valencia picked up as many red cards as he did create goalscoring opportunities in the tournament.

  TeamTotal Key PassesCrossing Accuracy %Won DribblesAppsMins
Antonio Valencia Ecuador 1 12.50 1 3 230

Valencia accounted a woeful crossing accuracy of 12.5 per cent, reminiscent of his inaccurate deliveries for Manchester United last season.

Winning just one dribble during his three matches further illustrated how as an attacking threat, he was blunt, and failed to shine for Ecuador.

It is a shame because as a whole, Ecuador were not far off making the second round. If their top star had turned up, they may just have made it - not only in the game against France but their opening defeat to Switzerland.

Bearing in mind his reputation and importance to the side, and truly dismal showing topped off with a red card, it's not a stretch to declare Valencia the worst player of the World Cup so far.

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