A Trailblazing Journey: Paez’s Record-breaking feats and Chelsea future
Kendry Paez, a rising Ecuadorian prospect, made history by becoming the youngest South American player to score in a World Cup qualifying match. Paez, who is only 16 years and 161 days old, netted Ecuador’s first goal in a critical 2-1 victory over Bolivia. The incredible goal came as a result of a brilliant assist from Chelsea midfielder Moises Caciedo, pushing Ecuador to a remarkable victory.
Paez has previously made headlines for his outstanding abilities. He is a trailblazer in his own right, having already made history as the youngest appearance maker and scored in Ecuador’s top-flight league, leaving his mark at the age of 15.
KENDRY PÁEZ GOAL AT 16 YEARS OLD FOR THE ECUADOR SENIOR TEAM pic.twitter.com/YRVziIIvuy
— Felix (@FelixJohnston_) October 12, 2023
Paez also owns the renowned title of being the youngest scorer at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which he achieved at the age of 16. Notably, earlier this year, he led Ecuador to the final of the South American U17 Championship, demonstrating excellent leadership abilities.
Despite his amazing potential and track record, Paez is now unable to make his Chelsea debut. After agreeing to join the Premier League giants in a prominent transfer from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle, he will have to wait until his 18th birthday to formally join the ranks at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea fans are looking forward to his long-awaited debut in the blue jersey, which is set for May 7th, 2025, while Paez continues to make an impact both at Independiente and on the international scene for Ecuador, confirming his status as a prodigy destined for greatness.
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