Not a lot of people know who Roberto Ordóñez is but his story as a footballer was already long. Once, he even stopped playing because he didn't have the money to go to training. But it was with that same intensity we see out on the pitch which showcased his potential. 'La Tuka' has been at 10 clubs before he ended up at Delfín. He left his mark on the club last season when he scored their first ever goal in the CONMEBOL Libertadores. And it appears his love affair with South America's greatest competition isn't going to be over any time soon.
He showed his quality from the moment the tournament started. Ordóñez knew which spaces to occupy if he wanted to hurt Nacional de Paraguay's defence. After 13 minutes of the first leg, he'd already scored two goals. Across the both matches he was involved in five: scoring three and assisting his striker partner, Garcés, twice.
Ecuador's head coach is Jorge Cério and, a year and a half ago, he took change of the final two qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia despite Ecuador already being eliminated. He called up various new attackers, looking to revamp the national team. It was in that moment where Ordóñez, now 33, made his debut for Ecuador.
👏🇪🇨 What a goal! Ordóñez scored the second goal for @DelfinSC after a wonderful passage of play.
🎥 Here it is from every possible angle!
pic.twitter.com/6O7SvHme5B — CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) January 23, 2019
🗣🤟🙌 Listen to those cheers! @DelfinSC made 1-1 through Ordóñez and he rightly celebrated as it gave Delfín one foot in Phase 2 of the #CONMEBOLLibertadores.pic.twitter.com/BjSHoJtId0 — CONMEBOL Libertadores (@TheLibertadores) January 30, 2019