Victor Valdes Arribas is a Spain international football player who currently plays for the Spanish and European champions Barcelona. Valdes is a goalkeeper and a Catalan by birth. He is rated as one of the best in the world between the posts.
Valdes joined Barcelona’s youth team in 1992 and quickly rose through the ranks at Barca. He was made part of the senior squad in the 2002-03 campaign and from next season, he chiselled out a place for himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for the Catalan institution.
Valdes won the Zamora trophy for the best goalkeeper in Spain in the 2004-05 season when Barcelona won their first La Liga title in six years. He played all the 38 league matches for Barcelona in 2006-08, equalling a goalkeeping record constructed by Barcelona legend Andoni Zubizarreta. Valdes also holds the Barcelona record of not conceding for 466 minutes.
Valdes won the Primera Division title in Spain with Barcelona in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and also the Champions League in 2006, 2009 and 2011. He won the Copa del Rey in 2009 and the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup the same year.
In spite of all such honours, Valdes failed to earn an international call-up until 2010. This wears down to the fact that his Real Madrid counterpart Iker Casillas has firmly cemented his place in the starting line-up for Spain. However, Valdes was part of Spain’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010 in South Africa and Euro 3012 in Poland and Ukraine.