Former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo equals World Cup qualifying record with Ecuador

Felipe Caicedo failed to impress at the Etihad but has equalled a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier scoring record.

Manchester City fans may have never seen the best of Felipe Caicedo at the Etihad but the South American striker has etched his name into Ecuador folklore after scoring in their 3-1 away win over Venezuela.

Signed from Swiss side Basel by then-manager Sven Goran Eriksson in 2008, Caicedo only managed seven goals in 34 games for the Sky Blues.

Loan spells with Sporting Lisbon, Malaga and Levante followed before the latter of that trio took up the option to sign the Ecuadorian permanently in 2011.

Sold on to Lokomotiv Moscow with the Spanish club facing debt problems, he spent two years in Russia before moving to the Middle East and finally back to Spain with Espanyol.

Still only 27, Caicedo has scored 13 goals in 44 La Liga games for Barcelona’s other club and been an integral part of Ecuador’s incredible start to World Cup qualifying.

Top of the standings after four games with four wins to their name as well as nine goals, Caicedo has become only the second player in the history of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying to score in five consecutive games.

It was a statistic highlighted by Twitter football data master Mister Chips:

With his peak years still ahead of him, we may not have heard the last of the Ecuadorian either.

Definitely one to file under “what if” at Manchester City…

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