By Emma Sanders
Enner Valencia was pictured on Twitter dressed up as Superman as he returned to Ecuador and visited children suffering from cancer in hospital.
The on-loan West Ham star scored for his country in their comfortable 3-0 World Cup qualifier victory against Venezuela earlier this week and visited the children while on international duty.
The striker dressed up as the comic book hero to fit in with the true “heroes” in the hospital and signed shirts and handed over gifts while he was there.
— MARCA (@marca) November 18, 2016
Valencia, who joined Everton on a season-long loan in September, has adopted the nickname Superman in his homeland so relished the opportunity to dress up in the city of Guayaquil.
The 27-year-old also used the opportunity to post an image of him with his daughter Beira and vowed to be “the superhero you deserve” in a heart-warming Twitter post.
I WILL FIGHT AND DO MY BEST TO BE THE SUPERHÉRO YOU DESERVE pic.twitter.com/tjVK3HD655
— EnnerValencia (@EnnerValencia14) November 17, 2016
The stunt has attracted a lot of attention after the striker was recently involved in a row over unpaid child maintenance with the mother of his five-year-old daughter.
Since joining Everton on a season-long loan, he has made just four appearances and has been named in the starting XI only once by Ronald Koeman prior to the international break.
He made 24 total appearances for the Hammers last season, scoring five goals so will be hoping to get more regular action for Everton during the rest of the Premier League campaign.