Enner Valencia named in Guardian's top 100 footballers for 2014

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West Ham United centre forward Enner Valencia's reputation continues to increase with this prestigious nomination.

West Ham United forward Enner Valencia has been named in the Guardian's top 100 football players in the world for 2014.

The Ecuadorian's performances over the year have seen him rise from an unknown talent to a world-class star and this recognition of his ability showcases just how highly he is regarded by observers of the sport nowadays.

Valencia started the year at Mexican side Pachuca, but it was at the World Cup where he began to make his name. 

The powerful forward scored three goals during the group stage of the competition and it resulted in him attracting the attention of a number of clubs across European football.

In the end, West Ham won the race for his signature and his displays since arriving in England over the summer have not disappointed.

Valencia's partnership up front with Diafra Sakho has been a major reason for the Hammers' success so far this season, which has lifted them into the top four. 

The 25-year-old already has three goals to his name in a West Ham shirt and he looks set to play a pivotal role for the East London side this season. 

Valencia was named as the 94th best player in the world by the Guardian, coming in ahead of the likes of Memphis Depay, David Luiz and Seydou Doumbia. 

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