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Valencia is one of the most prestigious clubs in Spain and Europe, which has many passionate fans and honors, and in this article, we intend to present a list of the Valencia best players ever in our opinion!

Founded on March 5, 1919,

Valencia

is a Spanish football club based in Valencia. The club was a member of the Group of 14 and has been a member since the dissolution of the group and the formation of the European Football Clubs Association.

With a capacity of 50,000, Mestalla Stadium is the official stadium and host of Valencia's home games.

Valencia has long been a player-building club and its policy has been to introduce talented young people to the world of football, and many of the stars of this football club have started their careers in this club.

Valencia is the third-most supported football club in Spain, behind

Real Madrid

and

Barcelona

. It is also one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of number of associates.

In the following, we will briefly review the honors of Valencia club. Then we will present a list of best Valencia players of all time in our opinion, and share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these Valencia legends of all time.

Valencia best players ever

Before we get into the list of greatest players in the history of Valencia in our opinion, we will have a brief overview of the honors of Valencia Club.

Honors of Valencia

  • La Liga: Winners (6); Runners-up (6)

  • Copa del Rey: Winners (8); Runners-up (9)

  • Supercopa de España: Winners (1); Runners-up (3)

  • Copa Eva Duarte (Predecessor to the Supercopa de España): Winners (1); Runners-up (1)

  • Copa Presidente FEF (Predecessor to the Supercopa de España): Runners-up (1)

  • UEFA Champions League: Runners-up (2)

  • European Cup Winners' Cup: Winners (1)

  • UEFA Cup: Winners (1)

  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: Winners (2); Runners-up (1)

  • European Super Cup/UEFA Super Cup: Winners (2)

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: Winners (1); Runners-up (1)

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In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the legendary Valencia players ever in our opinion!

#1 Edmundo Suarez

  • Full name:

    Edmundo Suárez Trabanco

  • Date of birth:

    22 January 1916

  • Place of birth:

    Barakaldo, Spain

  • Date of death:

    14 December 1978 (aged 62)

  • Place of death:

    Spain

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • National team:

    1941–1942; Spain

  • Teams managed:

    Hércules, Gandía, Zaragoza, Lleida, Cultural Leonesa, Real Gijón, Xerez, Baracaldo, Mestalla, Murcia, Levante

Senior career:

Athletic Bilbao Logroñés,

Valencia (Appearances: 210, Goals: 186)

, Alcoyano

The first player of the list of the

best Valencia players of all time

in our opinion is Edmundo Suárez.

Suarez, one of the most unforgettable legends of Valencia, spent all of his career except the first year and the last year for 11 seasons with the team, during which he retired from football for three seasons due to the Civil War.

With a great sense of positioning, he had an innate talent for scoring that he used well and therefore has a unique place in the hearts of Valencia fans.

After retiring, Suarez coached and managed various teams, coaching his beloved Valencia team from 1966-65 and from 1966 to 1968.

Among the honors of this brilliant player with Valencia we can mention three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, and one Copa Eva Duarte, and from the individual point of view, Suarez won two Pichichi trophy for the highest goalscorer of the season in the Spanish league in 1941–42 and 1943–44 seasons, with 27 and 28 goals respectively.

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The next player in the list of

Valencia best players ever

in our opinion is Antonio Puchades.

#2 Antonio Puchades

  • Full name:

    Antonio Puchades Casanova

  • Date of birth:

    4 June 1925

  • Place of birth:

    Sueca, Spain

  • Date of death:

    24 May 2013 (aged 87)

  • Place of death:

    Sueca, Spain

  • Height:

    1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Midfielder

  • Senior career: Valencia (Appearances: 256, Goals: 4)

  • National team:

    1949–1954; Spain

The second player in the list of the

greatest players in the history of Valencia

in our opinion is Antonio Puchades.

Born in Soica, Valencia Community, Puchades played his entire career at his hometown club Valencia CF and was a one-club player.

Puchades, who has played La Liga against Valencia for twelve seasons, made just four appearances in his first season with the club, but his performance has been so brilliant and effective that he has been a regular in the squad since the following season. Was considered and maintained this position until the end of his presence in Valencia.

Puchades said goodbye to football in 1958 at the age of 33, and after a while cut off all contact with the world of sports and started their family business.

 His honors with Valencia are one La Liga title in 1946–47, two Copa del Generalísimo in 1948–49 and 1954, and one Copa Eva Duarte in 1949.

Nicknamed "Tonico", Puchades will remain in the memory of Valencia fans.

The next player in the list of

Valencia best players ever

in our opinion is Waldo Machado.

#3 Waldo Machado

  • Full name:

    Waldo Machado da Silva

  • Date of birth:

    9 September 1934

  • Place of birth:

    Niterói, Brazil

  • Date of death:

    25 February 2019 (aged 84)

  • Place of death:

    Burjassot, Spain

  • Height:

    1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Forward

  • National team:

    1960; Brazil

  • Teams managed:

    Alzira (interim), Alzira

Senior career:

Madureira, Fluminense,

Valencia (Appearances: 216, Goals: 115)

, Hércules

The next player in the list of

Valencia best footballers of all time

in our opinion is Waldo Machado.

Machado is best remembered for his time at Fluminense FC and Valencia. During his 7 seasons at Fluminense FC, he scored 319 goals and is the team's all-time leading goalscorer. He then moved to Valencia, signing as a replacement for his compatriot Walter Marciano who had just died in a car accident after a friendly between the two sides.

His brilliant performance in Valencia continued and Machado secured his place in the hearts of Valencia fans by scoring four goals in the first season against Barcelona, and this place remained strong and unrivaled until the last day of his 9 seasons in Valencia.

His honors with Valencia are two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in 1961–62 and 1962–63, and one Copa del Generalísimo in 1966–67.

And from the individual point of view, he won the Pichichi trophy for the highest goalscorer of the season in the Spanish league in 1966-67.

The next player in the list of

Valencia best players ever

in our opinion is Mario Alberto Kempes.

#4 Mario Alberto Kempes

  • Full name:

    Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi

  • Date of birth:

    15 July 1954 (age 66)

  • Place of birth:

    Bell Ville, Argentina

  • Height:

    1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • National team:

    1973–1982; Argentina

  • Teams managed:

    Pelita Jaya, Lushnja, Mineros de Guayana, The Strongest, Blooming, Independiente Petrolero, S.S.D. Casarano Calcio

Senior career:

Instituto,Rosario Central,

Valencia (Appearances: 142, Goals: 95)

, River Plate,

Valencia (Appearances: 42, Goals: 21)

, Hércules, First Vienna, St. Pölten, Kremser SC, Fernández Vial, Pelita Jaya

The next player in the list of the

legendary Valencia players ever

in our opinion is Mario Alberto Kempes.

Nicknamed "El Toro" and "El Matador", Kempes was a strong and very technical player who could create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates in different situations. His shots were very strong and rebellious. He was once described by his coach as: "He's a player who can make a difference, and he can play in a center-forward position".

His honors with Valencia are one Copa del Rey, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and one UEFA Super Cup. And from the individual point of view, he was South American Footballer of the Year (1), and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup top scorers (1).

Being part of FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1) and FIFA 100, he has won Pichichi Trophy (2), FIFA World Cup Golden Boot and Golden Ball, both in 1978, Ballon d'Or (1), Onze d'Or (1), Olimpia de Plata (1), and Golden Foot Award in 2007 as football legend.

The next player in the list of

Valencia best players ever

in our opinion is Fernando Gómez Colomer.

#5 Fernando Gómez Colomer

  • Full name:

    Fernando Gómez Colomer

  • Date of birth:

    11 September 1965 (age 55)

  • Place of birth:

    Valencia, Spain

  • Height:

    1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Attacking midfielder

  • Senior career: Valencia (Appearances: 458, Goals: 117)

    , Wolverhampton Wanderers, Castellón

  • National team:

    1989–1992; Spain

The next player of the list of

Valencia legends of all time

in our opinion is Fernando Gómez Colomer, simply known as Fernando.

Having spent all of his career but last two years at Valencia, he made his debut for the club at the age of 18 and played 15 seasons for the club.

Fernando was a great playmaker and a skilled goal scorer, and the number of points he has scored in La Liga is staggering for a midfielder (he scored 14 league goals twice, ten three times).

 Among his honors with Valencia we can mention one Segunda División in 1986–87, and one Copa del Rey runner-up in 1994–95. He won the Don Balón's Best Spanish Player Award for 1988–89.

The next player in the list of Valencia best players ever in our opinion is Gaizka Mendieta.

#6 Gaizka Mendieta

  • Full name:

    Gaizka Mendieta Zabala

  • Date of birth:

    27 March 1974 (age 46)

  • Place of birth:

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Height:

    1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Midfielder

  • National team:

    1999–2002; Spain, 1998–2007; Basque Country

Senior career:

Castellón,

Valencia (Appearances: 230, Goals: 44)

, Lazio, Barcelona (loan), Middlesbrough

The next player in the list of Valencia best footballers of all time in our opinion is Gaizka Mendieta.

He played for Valencia for nine seasons, starting with the club's B team, but returned to the first team two years later and was able to secure a permanent place in the starting line-up. But it took him several years to win his first trophy with Valencia, the 1990 Copa del Rey.

His performance that season was truly legendary: the winning goal against Levante UD, two goals against Barcelona with both legs, and a goal against Real Madrid, and finally a memorable goal in the final: controlling a cross on his chest, he flicked the ball over his own head and two defenders before turning to volley past the goalkeeper!

His honors with Valencia are one Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de España, one UEFA Intertoto Cup, and two UEFA Champions League runner-up.

And from the individual point of view, being part of ESM Team of the Year (1), he has won two UEFA Club Football Awards  for the Best Midfielder in 1999–2000 and 2000–01.

The next place in the list of Valencia best players ever in our opinion belongs to Santi Cañizares.

#7 Santi Cañizares

  • Full name:

    José Santiago Cañizares Ruiz

  • Date of birth:

    18 December 1969 (age 50)

  • Place of birth:

    Madrid, Spain

  • Height:

    1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Goalkeeper

  • National team:

    1993–2006; Spain

Senior career:

Real Madrid, Elche (loan), Mérida (loan), Celta,

Valencia (Appearances: 305, Goals: 0)

The next player in the list of Valencia best players ever in our opinion is Santi Cañizares.

In addition to being a football goalkeeper, he is also a professional rally driver. Cañizares moved to Valencia CF in 1998 to replace the retired Andoni Zubizarreta and with his good performance he was able to keep the team's goal safe and played an important role in Valencia's success in the following years.

In addition, from the Under-16 team to the Spanish national team, he made three World Cup appearances with the national team and won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

His honors with Valencia are one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de España and one Runner-up, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Intertoto Cup and two UEFA Champions League Runner-up.

And from the individual point of view, being part of UEFA Team of the Year in 2001, he has won four Ricardo Zamora Trophies.

The next player in the list of Valencia best players ever in our opinion is Pablo Aimar.

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#8 Pablo Aimar

  • Full name:

    Pablo César Aimar Giordano

  • Date of birth:

    3 November 1979 (age 41)

  • Place of birth:

    Río Cuarto, Argentina

  • Height:

    1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Attacking midfielder

  • National team:

    1999–2009; Argentina

  • Teams managed:

    Argentina U17 (head coach), Argentina (assistant)

Senior career:

River Plate,

Valencia (Apeearances: 162, Goals: 27)

, Zaragoza, Benfica, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Estudiantes Río Cuarto,

The next player in the list of best Valencia players of all time in our opinion is Pablo Aimar.

He was a talented, technical and creative right-footed player who excelled in game development. His ability to shoot, his good eyesight and his ability to coordinate and manage the offensive line, and his style of play in general are compared to Diego Maradona.

Nicknamed El Payaso (clown) and El Mago (witch), Messi once said that Aimar is one of the players who influenced his style of play.

His honors with Valencia are two La Liga titles, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, two Supercopa de España Runner-up, and one UEFA Champions League Runner-up.

And from the individual point of view, being part of South American Team of the Year (2), he was UEFA Champions League Top Assistant (1) and won Trofeo EFE in 2005–06 and Cosme Damião Awards – Footballer of the Year in 2011.

The next player in the list of Valencia best players ever in our opinion is David Villa.

#9 David Villa

  • Full name:

    David Villa Sánchez

  • Date of birth:

    3 December 1981 (age 38)

  • Place of birth:

    Langreo, Spain

  • Height:

    1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • National team:

    Spain

Senior caree:

Sporting Gijón, Real Zaragoza,

Valencia (Appearances: 166, Goals: 108)

, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, New York City FC, Melbourne City (loan), Vissel Kobe

The next player of our list of greatest players in the history of Valencia in our opinion is David Villa.

He was an opportunistic, versatile player. Despite his height and lack of physical strength, his speed and agility, along with his excellent technique and dribbling skills, made him, in addition to scoring goals, create scoring opportunities for his teammates as well.

 He won one Copa del Rey with Valencia, and from the individual point of view, He was Spanish Player of the Year (1) and USSA Male Athlete of the Year (1), and was part of UEFA Team of the Year (1), UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament (1), and MLS All-Star (4).

Being the Spain all-time top scorer with 59 goals and New York City FC all-time top scorer with 80 goals, he has won FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe (1), FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball (1), UEFA Euro Golden Boot (1), FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe (1), Zarra Trophy (4), and Best MLS Player ESPY Award (1).

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And finally, the last player in the list of Valencia legends of all time in our opinion is David Silva.

#10 David Silva

  • Full name:

    David Josué Jiménez Silva

  • Date of birth:

    8 January 1986 (age 34)

  • Place of birth:

    Arguineguín, Spain

  • Height:

    1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Midfielder

  • Current team:

    Real Sociedad

  • Senior career: Valencia (Appearances: 133, Goals: 22)

    , Eibar (loan), Celta (loan), Manchester City, Real Sociedad

  • National team:

    2006–2018; Spain

The last player of our list of legendary Valencia players ever in our opinion is David Silva.

Nicknames "Merlin" and "El Mago", he is a talented and agile left-footed player who is known for his good dribbling skills and outstanding technical ability. His composure, excellent eyesight, ability to read the game and his flawless passes along with his clever offensive moves made him the heart of the team.

He made headlines recently, and the news of David Silva's positive Covid-19 test result on 31 August 2020 worried his fans, but fortunately this strong and lovable player has fully recovered.

He won one Copa del Rey in 2007–08 with Valencia, and from the individual point of view, he was part of UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament (1), and ESM Team of the Season (1).

He was Copa del Rey Top Assist Provider (1), Premier League Top Assist Provider (1), Manchester City Players' Player of the Season (1), and UEFA European Championship Top Assist Provider (1), and won the Pedro Zaballa Award in 2005.

In this article we had a brief look on the Valencia best players ever in our opinion. In the next articles we will review other Valencia best footballers of all time and their honors and achievements.

 

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