Ecuador may have crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage, but the tournament was the break that ENner Valencia needed.
Previously a winger with Mexican outfit Pachuca, Ecuador boss Reinaldo Rueda chose to use him up front alongside former Manchester City flop Felipe Caicedo, hoping the muscle and movement combination would help them in Brazil.
Ecuador scored just three goals in the competition, but remarkably they were all scored by Valencia - and as is often the case, the World Cup sensation earned a big money move just weeks later.
It was West Ham United who were willing to fork out £12m to bring him to Upton Park, and he's already repaid Sam Allardyce's faith this season.
In eight starts, Valencia has contributed three goals and two assists, causing havoc with his pace in behind defences, and earning the love of the West Ham faithful already.
The 25-year-old is Ecuador's shining light, their star player and their beacon of hope as we draw ever closer to next summer's Copa America tournament in Chile.
Ecuador won't be considered one of the favourites for the competition, but having a livewire striker like Valencia will certainly help their chances of causing an upset - and manager Sixto Vizuete has heaped praise on Valencia.
"Enner is spectacular. I hope God is with him and he enjoys the same bright form now he's in England. He will complicate any defence there," he said.
"He needs a bit more experience in England, be given more confidence. With Ecuador he already has that confidence, all Ecuador’s fans trust him. We know that in Enner we have the goalscorer and everyone is sending those good vibes for him to remain in form," Vizuete added.
West Ham fans would surely concur with Vizuete's comments, but will be hoping that he doesn't suffer any injuries in the competition next summer.