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Facts about Victor Valdes, one of the best goalies in Barca history

Mon 10 May 2021 | 7:30

Here you would go through some of the most impressive top facts about Victor Valdes in regard with his football journey and life story as well.

Víctor Valdés Arribas is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Most of Valdes professional career was spent in La Liga, where he featured for Spanish giants, FC Barcelona.

Valdes was a pure Barcelona product in as much as he was promoted from Barcelona B to the Spanish club's first team in 2002. In his 12-year span at Camp Nou, Valdes gained three UEFA Champions League titles (2006, 2009 and 2011). He also led Barcelona to six La Liga titles between 2004 and 2013.

He is primarily considered as one of Barcelona's best goalkeepers in history. Likewise, he set a Barcelona club record for the most goalkeeping appearances in league and official competition.

Besides Barcelona, some of the other clubs in which he played during his career include; Manchester United (2015 - 2016), Standard Liege (loan - 2016), and


(2016 - 2017) and more.

He is also widely referred to as one of the best keepers of the modern era. Following his retirement from playing, he continued his profession as an academy coach at Barcelona from 2017 to 2019.

In addition he has been named as head coach of Spanish 4th division team Unio Atletica d'Horta for one year, before finally putting the football profession aside in 2021.

We have come up with some of such engrossing

top facts about Victor Valdes

, in case you are curious to know more about him, make sure to stick around until the end.

Top facts about Victor Valdes you might want to know

Here you would go through some of the most impressive top facts about Victor Valdes in regard with his football journey and life story as well. He is a Spanish football coach and former professional player, who featured in the position of a goalkeeper.

Victor Valdes facts in brief

General information

  • Full name

    : Víctor Valdés Arribas

  • Date of Birth

    : Jan 14, 1982

  • Place of Birth

    : L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

  • Nationality

    : Spaniard

  • Sign

    : Capricorn

  • Ethnicity

    : Latin

  • Religion

    : Non-religious

  • Age

    : 39

Physical Status

  • Hair Color

    : Dark brown

  • Eye Color

    : Dark Brown

  • Height

    : 183 cm

  • Weight

    : 83 kilo

Football information

  • Profession

    : Retired footballer and coach

  • Position

    : Goalkeeper

  • Foot

    : Right

  • Current Club

    : Retired

Personal Information

  • Mother

    : Agueda Arribas

  • Father

    : José Manuel Valdés

  • Brother

    (s): Álvaro Valdez, Ricardo Valdez

  • Marital Status

    : Married

  • Wife

    : Yolanda Carmona

  • Children

    : Dylan Valdés Cardona (Son), Vera Valdés Cardona, Kai Cardona (Daughters)

  • Estimated Net Worth

    : 20 million Dollar

  • Salary

    : 8 million yearly

  • Smoking

    : Never



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Victor Valdes childhood

Victor Valdes childhood

was spent in the aura of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia while he was raised with two older brothers named Ricardo and Alvaro.

He started his early career with FC Barcelona's youth team when he wass transfered from Peña Cinco Copas on 1 July 1992.

That September, he moved with his family to Tenerife and was forced to leave the club, but he came back after three years. Back then, he managed to make stellar progress through the youth teams.

Valdés first-team debut was against

Legia Warszawa

in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League on 14 August 2002.

The initial part of the 2002–03 season saw Valdés play deputy to Argentine international Roberto Bonano, but in January 2003, the arrival of Radomir Antić as the new manager provided Valdes with the regular first-team opportunities.

Victor Valdes professional career

Being regarded as one of the best goalers of Barcelona history, Victor Valdes made 535 appearances in official games for Barcelona and won 21 major titles, most conspicuously six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League championships.

Valdés also won the Zamora Trophy a record five times. He still holds the club records as the goalie with the most appearances of official competition in the league and he also broke Andoni Zubizarreta's records during the 2011–12 season.

After he left Barcelona at the end of his contract in July 2014, he joined Manchester United in January 2015. He made his first-team debut on 17 May against Arsenal at Old Trafford, being substituted with the injured De Gea for the final 16 minutes and conceding an own goal by Tyler Blackett for a 1–1 draw.

Just after a week, he made his first start for the team in their last game of the season away to

Hull City

, keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw which ended up in the opponent's relegation.

As he featured very rarely at United, it was announced that Valdés would be moving to Belgian club

Standard Liège

on a six-month loan deal. He made his debut a week later in a 2–0 win at OH Leuven in the Belgian Pro League.

On 20 March, Valdés won the 2016 Belgian Cup Final, winning against Club Brugge 2–1. Then on 7 July 2016, Valdés got contracted a two-year deal on a free transfer at Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough.

On 13 August 2016, Valdés made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Stoke City. On 22 October 2016, Valdés kept his first clean sheet of the season in a 0–0 draw against



After a short span with the club, he left them on 1 July 2017. Although he had offers from several clubs in Spain to continue his career, Valdés was retired from the football profession in August 2017.

Valdés made his full international debut in 2010 and achieved a total number of 20 international caps. He was part of the Spain squads which gained the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012, and in addition to that, he finished second at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Victor Valdes coaching career

On 1 June 2018, Valdés came back to the football profession but this time in the position of manager after he received his UEFA Pro Licence with compatriots like Xavi, Raúl and Xabi Alonso.

He began coaching amateur side ED Moratalaz's youth ranks, as he achieved two regional titles with them. On 19 July 2019, Valdés came back to


in so far as to coach its Juvenil A side.

His return had not lasted for a long time after all, since he was sacked on 7 October in the face of a private scandal with La Masia director Patrick Kluivert. Notwithstanding the dismissal, he again came back to the touchline in May 2020, as he was assigned as the manager of UA Horta this time.

Then he also left them in the following year in January 2021, reportedly for the sake of concentrating on Joan Laporta's presidential project.

Laporta is on the opinion of making Valdes part of his new board in case he succeeds to win the presidential election in March 2021.

Victor Valdes, the dissatisfied goalkeeper

In regard to

top facts about Victor Valdes

one can suggest that although he spent more than a decade to save Barcelona and managed to make saves that were as good as goals, along with the fact that he won Champions Leagues, LaLiga Santander titles, a World Cup and Zamora trophies, he actually did not want to be a goalkeeper, to such an extent that he once expressed in no uncertain terms as the following expressions:

"If I was born again, l wouldn't be a goalkeeper. It's not an easy path and it hasn't compensated me for all the years of suffering. I've had many days where I didn't want to be there; I played because they convinced me as a youngster and I accepted that path. I don't like fame. I'm not comfortable when they speak too highly of me, especially when the credit isn't just mine; football is a team sport."

Victor Valdes injury

One of the most heart-wrenching

top facts about Victor Valdes

is that on March 26, 2014, at Camp Nou he underwent cruciate ligament damage after a collision with

Fabian Orellana

. It was an injury that changed his life drastically and eventually ended up cutting his career short in Catalonia.

He indicated his presentiment and suffering in this regard as the following terms: "I always knew I was going to break my knee - I didn't know when - but I knew that everything was going too well for me.

There had been a foul and, as captain, I pressured the referee who finally awarded a direct free-kick. If it had been a penalty, I wouldn't have gotten injured. That changed my life."

Then Valdes made his utmost attempt to recover from injury in Germany, but after all, his life had changed completely. According to him in the wake of his stubbornness, he went through a very gloomy period that led him to absolute solitude.

He stated accordingly: "After an injury like that people treat you like a cripple, and push you away because they think you are no longer worth it. I'd never been a superstar again because I had that injury. After my injury I returned to real life; in those three months of recovery, I lived in a hotel and travelled by tram every day.

And the farewell I got from Barcelona wasn't the one I had hoped for, I stepped aside and left. People surely expected much more from someone like me."

In the meantime, he was still injured when he made up his mind not to expand his deal with Barcelona. When he returned to action, he tried his luck at Manchester United, Standard Liege and Middlesbrough, but nothing was ever like it was before.

Victor Valdes personal life

When it comes to top facts about Victor Valdes in the realm of his personal life affairs, we would draw your attention to one of his interviews with Colombia TV.

While declaring his love to his long time partner, Yolanda Cardona, he expressed: “I am a difficult person to work and live. My wife deserves the biggest trophies for putting so many years.”

Victor Valdes wife

has accompanied him since 2007 when they met through mutual friends in Barcelona. She was born in the small Colombian coffee town of Victoria in the suburb of Caldas.

Then, her family moved to the larger city of Cartagen. She depicted this as an opportunity that helped her to have a balance of small-town girl values and being benefited from the capability to live in the big city at the same time. She moved to Europe in 2000, particularly Barcelona, as she began the career of modelling.

Valdes also suggested in the interview that his wife didn’t like to be recognized as just a “soccer player’s wife.” She has achieved triumphant in her own right as a model, most famously fronting a campaign for Skyy vodka. The couple is also blessed with three children together, Dylan, Kai, and a daughter named Vera born in 2013.

Victor Valdes social media

As long as

Victor Valves social media

is concerned, he is not currently active on any social media platform. Because in an attempt to be private and make a clean break from the world of football, he has deleted his social media accounts as soon as he was retired.

Otherwise stated, he has erased all of his Instagram photos and his Twitter account after he made his mind to hang up his gloves. On Monday, January 1, he tweeted a photo of a road along with the caption that read 'thanks for everything' but you can not find it anyway because all of them have been deleted.

His exit from the world of football and social media was not that much abrupt on the account of the fact that he had previously hinted at it in an interview in 2015. In this respect, he once told RAC1:

"When the light goes out someday, then it will go out and I'll be with my children, teaching them about life. But I hope that when the light does go out, it will be hard to find me."

One of the most controversial top facts about Victor Valdes is that his wife Yolanda, blasted Manchester United after Valdes was not invited to attend a UNICEF charity dinner.

Cardona shared an image on her Instagram account, posturing a selection of


players and their respective partners at the event with the caption that read:

“To not invite my husband @vicvaldes1 to be part of the #united4unicef, it's the last thing you expect from one of the biggest clubs like @manchesterunited. A Charity event, it's always a Charity event.”

Reportedly, the only other first-team player not attended the gala, dubbed “United 4 UNICEF”, was

Antonio Valencia

, who was suffering from an injury problem.

Nonetheless, Daniel Taylor of the Guardian wrote that Valdes did not even have a locker at the club’s Carrington training complex, and therefore was not able to appear in the team photograph.

At any rate, he had his own personal training schedule that was arranged at times different to that of the first-team squad, preventing him from liaising with senior players. Then Valdes shared a post on his Instagram account, suggesting “I struggle to be free."

Victor Valdes body measurement

If we delve a bit further into top facts about Victor Valdes, we would take his body measurement into consideration. He has an athletic body with a round face, dark brown eye colour along with a very short straight dark brown hair colour.


Victor Valdes body measurement

into account he has a height of 183 cm and a weight of 83 kilos while he is often beardless and his skin is white.

Victor Valdes Net worth

In the notion of our top facts about Victor Valdes, it is pertinent to note that he is ranked on the list of the richest Association Football Player in Spain.

Victor Valdes networth

is estimated to be around 20 million Dollar and he has a whopping salary of 8 million Dollar per year. He has built his wealth steadily over the years.

Victor Valdes tattoos

So far you might have notified that Victor Valdes has a tattoo on his right arm and right hand, it seemed that the tattoos had increased his passion for playing as they led him to perform better.

On his upper right arm, there is a tribal tattoo that is a picture of a brave knight, whereas a tattoo of pictorial writing with a specific message has been embedded on his right hand.

It is interesting to note that while he was in Barcelona and as he went to Moscow to play its second Champions League Group G match against Spartak, he met a very special fan with goalkeeper Victor Valdes' face tattooed on her arm.

Among all the other Barcelona players he chose Victor Valdes to be depicted on her body. Valdes expressed his excitement on his Facebook page saying "Today I had the fortune to meet one very special fan. The picture speaks for itself...And that it does."


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source: SportMob