Federico Valverde Biography

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A detailed look at Federico Valverde biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Federico Valverde

is a professional player who is currently playing as a defensive midfielder for Real Madrid Football club and Uruguay National team.

Over the past few seasons, Federico Valverde has proven himself to be among the best in his position. A graduate of Penarol's academy, Valverde made a name for himself first by winning the Silver ball in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and more so after impressing in his first two seasons with Real Madrid. He has been irreplaceable for Real Madrid since his debut and his harmonic relationship with Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric was key to Los Blanco's La Liga title in the 2019-20 season.

Valverde also had a very successful career spell with his first club, Penarol, where he played a total of 13 games and won the Uruguay's Primera Division at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Valverde has been a player for Uruguay national team both at the youth and senior level. He represented his country in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2019

Copa America

and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

In total, Valverde has scored 8 goals and has provided 10 assists in 163 matches during his professional career. He has found his playing time limited in the current season after he broke his leg in November 2020. He has played 20 games for Real Madrid in the 2020-21 season, registering 3 goals and 1 assist to his name. Stay tuned to read more about

Federico Valverde biography

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All You Need to Know about Federico Valverde Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Federico Valverde biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Federico Valverde Information

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Federico Valverde Bio

  • Full Name:

    Federico Santiago Valverde Dipetta

  • Nickname:

    El Pajarito (The Little Bird)

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Federico Valverde Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    79 Kg

  • Height:

    1.82 m (6 ft.1 in)

  • Eye Color:


  • Hair Color:

     Light Brown

Federico Valverde Football Information

  • Position:


  • Jersey Number:

    15 at Real Madrid and Uruguay National team

  • Professional Debut:


Federico Valverde Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    22 July 1998

  • Birth Place:

    Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Zodiac Sign:


  • Nationality:


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Federico Valverde Early Life

In this section of our article about

Federico Valverde biography

we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Federico Valverde childhood

and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Federico Valverde date of birth is at the 22th of July 1998. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with former Real Madrid legendary player and their current team manager, Emiliano Butragueno is also born on the 14th of May.

Federico Valverde nationality

is Uruguan. He was born into a football-loving family in Montevideo, Uruguay. Valverde's parents supported their son on the early stages of his footballing career. According to his parents' interviews, Federico had his first kick to the ball when he was still in diapers. They also signed him up in a local academy for kids, where trained before starting to play when he turned 5. During this time he was often used as a mascot for teams in Uruguay.

Valverde impressed right from the start of his footballing journey. His passion for football and his clear talent, persuaded his parents to sign him up for a trial at


's famous youth academy when he was 9 years old. Valverde passed the trial with ease and impressed his coaches. He stayed at the academy till 2015, when he got called up to the senior team.

Valverde's most inspiring footballing memory was when Uruguay reached the semi-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was 12 years old at the time and was at awe of the amazing performances by Uruguay in Football's biggest international events.

His footballing idol during his early years was Diego Forlan, who shone with the Uruguay national team in the 2010 World Cup and won the World Cup golden ball. Despite the age difference, Valverde and Forlan became friend ever since they first met when the Real Madrid youngster was a teenager.

Valverde was a member of Uruguay youth team during his teenage years and shone in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup. For his amazing performances at the tournament He was rewarded with the Silver Ball. Uruguay finished fourth.

In 2015, Valverde was called up to Penarol's senior side, which market the start of his professional career at the age of 17. He was close to a transfer to Europe after the World Cup with the likes of


, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea all keen on securing his services. He eventually opted to stay with his boyhood club for his first season at the professional level.

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Federico Valverde Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Federico Valverde profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

Starting his professional career at Penarol

Federico Valverde professional career started in 2015 as he was promoted to Penarol senior side. He made his debut in a Primera Liga game against Cerro. Despite his young age, Valverde continued to perform at a high level consistently and with him controlling the midfield line from deep Penarol won the Primera Liga title at the end of the Season.

Overall, Valverde played 13 games and provided 2 assists for Penarol in the 2015-16 season.

Moving to Real Madrid

In the summer of 2016, it was announced that Valverde has signed a 5 year contract with Real Madrid to play at the La Liga. In his first season, Valverde played with

Real Madrid's B team

, known as Castilla. He made his debut for Castilla in November of the same year against Real Union. A month later the energetic midfielder scored his first goal for against Albacete.

Valverde played 30 matches for Castilla that season and managed to score 3 goals. He also played 6 games and scored once for Real Madrid UEFA U19 side.

Loan spell with Deportivo La Cruna

The following season Valverde was loaned to Deportivo La Cruna, hoping to get more experience in the Spanish top flight football. He made his debut in September 2017 in a 2–4 home defeat against Real Sociedad. He became a key member For Deportivo but even his fine performances could not save La Liga's old club from relegation to Segunda division. Valverde played a total of 24 games for La Cruna without scoring any goals.

Returning to Real Madrid and becoming a starter

Valverde finally earned the chance he was looking for Real Madrid in Los Blancos 2018 pre-season summer tour. His fine performances in the friendlies and his high work rate persuaded the manager of the team at the time, Julen Lopetegui to include him in the Real Madrid's final list for La Liga and UEFA Champions League.

On 23 October 2018, the 20 years old Valverde made his official debut for Real Madrid's senior side in the

UEFA Champions League

Group stage home game versus Viktoria Plzen. Overall, he played 25 games in his first season at Real Madrid senior team and won the FIFA Club World Cup.

The 2019-20 season was the best of Valverde's career so far. He scored his first La Liga goal in the game against Eibar which Los Blancos won 4–0.

One of the most memorable moments of Valverde's career was his tactical foul on

Alvaro Morata

in the Spanish Super Cup final against Atletico Madrid. Morata was clear on goal and the referee had no choice but to send valverde off. Still, his sacrifice proved decisive as Real Madrid won the game in Penalty shoot-outs and Valverde was rewarded with the man of the match award.

Valverde received lots of praises and criticism after the game against Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid's fans praised him for his decision making and his popularity grew dramatically among the fans. Atletico Madrid fans, on the other hand labeled his action immoral.

Valverde's wife, Mina Bonino who is a famous journalist was quick to defend him with the following message on her Instagram account:

"Nothing to beat yourself up about, you've done everything you've had to do in every moment since you arrived at this club and this is the reward.

Valverde's tackle was so intelligent that even Atletico Madrid's Enigmatic coach, Diego Simeone praised the youngster for that:

“I told him that anyone would’ve down the same thing in his place. I think giving Valverde man of the match makes all the sense in the world because Valverde won the match with this action.”

Valverde won the La Liga title with Real Madrid at the end of 2019-20 season. He started the current season where he left the previous one, by being impressive for Los Blancos. Valverde scored Real Madrid's first goal of the season in the game against


, which was his owns 50th game for the defending champions.

His best game of the season was the el Clasico in Nue Camp which Real Madrid won 3-1 and Valverde scored the first goal in the 5th minute. His joy was short liver, however, as he broke his leg in November and missed many games in the first half of the season.

As of February 2021, Valverde has scored 6 and assisted 6 times in 89 games for Real Madrid.

With Uruguay youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Valverde was first called up to Uruguay U17 side in 2014. He played 24 games and scored 11 goals for the team before being called up to the U20 team the following year. Valverde played a total of 15 games and scored 2 goals for the U20 side. He was an instrumental for the team as they reached the 2017 World Cup's 4th place. For his impressive form in the competition, Valverde was awarded the Silver Ball.

In 2018, Valverde scored in his debut for


senior side in a game against Paraguay. Despite being included in Uruguay’s provisional 26-player list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he was left out of the final 23-man squad by Oscar Tabrez.

Valverde represented his country in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil. As of February 2021, Valverde has played 22 games for Uruguay and has scored two goals. His first goal was in a 2-1 win against Paraguay at 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification and his second was in a 3-0 win in a friendly game against Panama.

Style of Play

Federico Valverde is known the most for his leadership skills and his ability to help his side quickly transition from defence to attack. His best qualities are his work rate, incredible stamina and speed. He is tactically intelligent and has a habit of scoring important goals.

Valverde has stated that his he enjoys his role on the pitch and has no problem with the demanding job of being a midfielder.

“That’s part of a midfielder's role. I like to leave everything on the pitch. My role is to run as much as I can, my desire is to run until I can't run anymore. I'll keep running until my legs burst, and if I can score much better." “If not me, then who else will take pride from defending? It gives me pleasure to make the other team feel powerless.”

“Nowadays it's not enough just to leave it to the forwards to do all they can to score. We need to attack and defend and if we can help them out by scoring, then that’s welcome. Our job is to do our bit so that Real Madrid win.”


Federico Valverde is considered as one of the best central defenders of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his work rate as well as his ability to read the game and make interceptions in crucial moments.

Valverde received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in his debut season for

Real Madrid


Below are some of the best quotes on Federico Valverde:

When I saw him arrive in the team, he had something different to the rest, the way he walked and his personality showed very good things. I told him that, for me, he was going to be the next Toni Kroos.”

(Sergio Reguilon)

I’ll risk saying that he can become in midfield what Sergio Ramos has been as a defender.

” (Diego Forlan)

Goal Celebration

Federico Valverde does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However he had one controversial goal celebration during the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

Valverde celebrated his goal against Portugal with a facial expression using his fingers to slant his eyes. Many fans around the world found the celebration a racist gesture. Valverde himself explained that he chose the celebration as a tribute to his friend and agent, El Chino Saldavia and that he had no intention of disrespecting the host south Korea fans.

Federico Valverde outside football

Federico is a family man and he has admitted in interviews that he prefers to spend all his leisure time with his wife and kid.

“I am a very quiet person. My life hasn't changed much. I find happiness from giving everything to my son. Everyone is crazy about him that I have fallen into the background but the important thing is that he is well.”

Federico Valverde is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is


. He has around 3.6 million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is also @fedeevalverde.

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Federico Valverde Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on Federico Valverde biography is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Federico Valverde immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Federico Valverde was born at 14th day of May 1997 into a middle-class football-loving family from Amadora district in Portugal. His father's name is Joao and His Mother is known as Ivan Valverde.

Federico Valverde has been in a relationship with his previous girlfriend and current wife, Mina Bonino, since 2017. Bonino is a famous Argentinian journalist and presenter.

Mina had no intention of going into a serious relationship with Federico, mostly because she is five years older than him.

The couple have one child together, a boy named Benicio who interestingly was born on20/02/2020 at 00:02

The birthing itself was not as smooth as the timing of it as it took 14 long hours for Mina Bonino to deliver. She later wrote about the experience on her Instagram account:

"After 14 hours of labour, with the last three being very difficult, I am convinced that one draws strength from where one does not have when bringing a child into the world, and all the pain was worth it,"

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It is really interesting to know if Federico Valverde has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Federico Valverde religion

is Christianity.

Whatever is his religion, there are no information on Valverde's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Federico Valverde has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

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Federico Valverde Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Federico Valverde career statistics both on the club and international level.


Overall, Federico Valverde has played 163 games for three clubs (Penarol, Deportivo and Real Madrid). During his career. He has registered 8 goals and 10 assists to his name.

Valverde registered 1 assist in 9 games for Penarol in Primera Division. Followed by 5 goals and 6 assists in the Spanish La Liga. 

Federico Valverde best season individually was the 2019-20 Season in which he scored 2 goals and assisted further 5 in 44 games for Real Madrid across all competitions.


On the international, Federico Valverde career stats shows that he has played 22 games for Uruguay National team. He was also a member of Uruguay U17 and U20 teams. In total scored 13 goals in 39 matches for Uruguay youth teams.

Federico Valverde Honors

We rap up our article on

Federico Valverde biography

with a look at his honors and achievements.

Federico Valverde celebrated his first major trophy in the 2018-19 season when he won the Primera Division title with Penarol. While his first individual award was the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Silver Ball. During his career, Federico Valverde has won a total of 6 collective and individual awards, the most important of them are: La Liga (2019–20), Spanish Super Cup (2019-20), FIFA Club World Cup (2018)

Federico Valverde's last collective achievement was winning the 2019-20 La Liga title, while his last individual award was being elected in the La Liga Revelation Team of the year (2019–20).

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