The incredible footage of Enner Valencia ‘faking an injury to flee police’ during Ecuador’s World Cup qualifier against Chile on Thursday evening has gone viral across social media.
After the Everton striker was stretchered off in the 82nd minute, with Ecuador 3-0 up against their opponents in Quito, a wave of police officers began to chase the vehicle he was being transported by.
It transpired that Valencia, having already been questioned by police over allegations that he had racked up £13,350 in unpaid child care bills, was wanted by officers for more questioning as soon as his participation in the match finished.
Lawyers representing the mother of Valencia’s child were attempting to have the forward detained.
"It's lamentable that certain police officers didn't collaborate with the detention of the footballer Enner Valencia, to ensure compliance with a judicial order,” Paul Marin, one of the lawyers representing the striker’s former partner, told reporters.
"If they say this man earns so much, why doesn't he pay [the maintenance] monthly to his daughter."
Officers gave up after seeing Valencia
However, the police gave up their efforts to take the striker into custody after spotting him flat on his back, wearing an oxygen mask and receiving treatment.
There are suggestions that Valencia may have faked his injury to get away from police - which is genius if true - but what happened to the South American following his escape from the authorities?
What Valencia did after the police chase
Well, it’s good news for the 26-year-old, whose lawyer, Juan Carlos Carmigniani, has successfully negotiated a deal to void the court order for the time being.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that Valencia slept in the team’s training base after the match.
Carmigniani, meanwhile, has assured local media that no more action will be taken against his client.
Valencia therefore, provided he’s fit, will be in contention to start in Ecuador’s next World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on Tuesday.