Valdés playing for Barcelona in 2012
|Full name||Víctor Valdés i Arribas|
|Date of birth||14 January 1982|
|Place of birth||L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:09, 27 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He last played for FC Barcelona in La Liga, and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Barcelona's history, having appeared in more than 500 official games for his club and won 21 major titles, notably six La Liga and three UEFA Champions League championships. Valdés also has won the Zamora Trophy a record five times. He currently holds the club records as goalkeeper with most appearances in the league and in official competition, breaking Andoni Zubizarreta's records during the 2011–12 season. He is now currently a free agent.
Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Valdés started his career with FC Barcelona's youth team when he joined from Peña Cinco Copas on 1 July 1992. But in September, he moved with his family to Tenerife and had to leave the club, rejoining only three years later. After returning, he made quick progress through the youth teams.
In the 2003–04 season, he emerged as first-choice goalkeeper, and in the 2004–05 season, he played in almost all of Barcelona's matches, helping Barcelona to their first league title in six years. He also won the Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper in Spain.
In the 2005–06 season, he helped Barça to the double. He played a big part in Barça's 2005–06 title and in the final against Arsenal, he denied Thierry Henry twice from point-blank range. His efforts saw him singled out for praise from Frank Rijkaard. The "Zamora" title, however, eluded him as Valdés came third after Santiago Cañizares and the winner, José Manuel Pinto.
On 17 June 2007, the last round in La Liga, Valdés matched a goalkeeping record held by Barcelona legend Andoni Zubizarreta; a record of starting, and never being substituted, in all 38 matches of the La Liga season.
Valdés set the Barcelona club record for not conceding a goal in European competition with a clean sheet against Rangers on 7 November 2007, which saw him re-write the Barça record books after not conceding a goal for 466 minutes, and Valdés admitted this was the best atmosphere he has ever played in. Valdés was beaten twice by Olympique Lyonnais' captain Juninho through a 45-yard free kick and a late penalty at the Stade de Gerland, ending his streak. In the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, however, Barça failed to win a major trophy. On 1 April 2008, Valdés made his 250th appearance for Barcelona.
On 27 May 2009, Barcelona beat Manchester United 2–0 in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final to complete an unprecedented Treble of La Liga, Champions League, and Copa del Rey. In the match, Valdés made two crucial saves from attempts by Cristiano Ronaldo in both halves. In the first half, he saved a long-range free kick, and in the second half, he saved the other from Ronaldo, coming from a tight angle following a low cross from Dimitar Berbatov.
In 2012 Valdes made a goalkeeping error against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup which culminated in Angel Di Maria scoring a decisive goal and narrowing down Barcelona's two goal advantage, Real Madrid went on to win the Super Cup in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
On 31 May 2013, Valdés announced that he would not renew his contract, which expired in the middle of 2014, with Barcelona. Valdes also made a goalkeeping error against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
On 26 March 2014 in a 3-0 victory against Celta de Vigo, Valdés tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 22nd minute of the match and was substituted off. It was later announced through FC Barcelona Twitter that he had torn his ACL and surgery would be needed. Due to this injury, he was ruled out for the rest of the season, ending his Barcelona career and missing the 2014 World Cup.
On 16 August 2005, Valdés was called up for a friendly game against Uruguay, but he did not make a debut. On 20 May 2010, he was included in Spain's final 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as the third-choice goalkeeper behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina respectively, wearing the No. 12 shirt.
On 3 June 2010, Valdés earned his first cap by starting in a friendly match between Spain and South Korea at Tivoli-Neu in Innsbruck, Austria. Coincidentally it was 10 years to the day since compatriot Iker Casillas made his debut for the national team. In July 2010, he won the 2010 World Cup with Spain. He won his second cap in Spain's 1–1 draw against Mexico, coming on as a second-half substitute for Iker Casillas.
|Spain national team|
- La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12; Runner-up 2010–11, 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; Runner-up 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011; Runner-up 2006
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011; Runner-up 2006
- Zamora Trophy: 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- ESM Team of the Year: 2010–11
- La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010–11
Valdés was born to José Manuel Valdés and Águeda Arribas and has two brothers, elder Ricardo and younger Álvaro. He is in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Yolanda Cardona. The couple have two sons, Dylan and Kai, and a daughter, Vera.
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 4 June 2010. p. 29. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
-  Público; 25 February 12; Accessed 25 February 2012 (Spanish)
- "The long shadow of Zamora". FIFA. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
- "Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes says the best atmosphere he's ever played in was at Ibrox.. and it's noisier than Parkhead". Daily Record. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- "Valdés breaks European unbeaten record". FC Barcelona. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Barça clinch La Liga league title". BBC Sport. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
-  Público; 14 February 13; Accessed 14 February 2013 (Spanish)
- "Victor Valdes 'very proud' to equal Andoni Zubizarreta's record as goalkeeper with most Barcelona appearances". Goal.com. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- "Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes Says He Won’t Renew Contract". Bloomberg. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- Juan Ávila (16 August 2005). "Reina y Valdés cruzan sus caminos". ABC.
- "Spain omit Marcos Senna from 2010 World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- "Valdés debuts with Spain vs Korea Republic". Marca. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
- Official site statistics
- Historical issues of Mundo Deportivo
- Statistical data
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
- Including the 2002 Segunda División B play-offs (6 caps)
- "Víctor Valdés". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Royal Order of Sporting Merit 2011".
- "Víctor Valdés becomes a father for a third time". FC Barcelona. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
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- Víctor Valdés – FIFA competition record
- Víctor Valdés – UEFA competition record