“Messi is the best. For me, because of what he’s given to the team and because of the experiences I’ve had as his team-mate.”
“Coming from an excellent level I understand that it may be complicated for people to accept that I play long balls from the back, but our rivals know us well now and it’s easier to analyse us. We’ve improved in that regard..”
“As the youth-team graduate that I am, I’d like it if a homegrown player had the same opportunity I did. I know it’s hard and that football has evolved, but I will always say that we have to play with homegrown players .”
Fb Valdes: Tres puntos importantísimos en un Camp Nou de Gala. Gracias por los cánticos. Aún queda mucho, así que solo nos queda seguir trabajando… Un abrazo fuerte a todos! A disfrutarlo! Visca el Barça!
He has been brilliant.
- Messi has the most goals (18) and most assists (11) in clasico history.
- Valdes Kept the most clasico clean sheets (7)
Valdes:”When I met Neymar I was accustomed to seeing him with his mohawk, he always had peculiar hair, he was radical and I really liked it.” He added: “When he arrived here he was a bit more normal, he had Will Smith hair… and I told him: ‘Listen Ney, I really prefer your Santos look, the mohawk – you were scary. You’re scarier that way.’ He looked at me and said: ‘Give me a week, brother, give me a week.’ And now he’s got it back,” said a laughing Valdés.
Because a goalkeeper lives by his reflexes, and because a reflex is an involuntary action —it physically bypasses thought; the sensory neurons trigger the muscle action in the spinal cord, before they can enter the brain and be perceived as a sensation—you could say that the goalkeeper trains himself to shed his own volition, that he perfects himself by making himself less free. His greatest attribute is the literally unthinkable speed of his central nervous system: for most people, a reflex response takes between 150 and 300 milliseconds to begin after the onset of a visual stimulus, but for an elite athlete it can take 100 or less. A ball struck from the edge of the penalty box can reach the back of the net in under a second. Almost imperceptibly tiny differences in the goalkeeper’s reaction time can make all the difference in a match, so the goalkeeper’s best approach is not to think, not to assess, above all not to choose, but to be a kind of primed responder in whom the first white flash over the free-kick wall produces the headlong dive or the slight unconscious twitch that will stop the ball in its flight.
At the same time: who plays with more thought, with more sustained, attentive deliberation, than a goalkeeper? Other players make fluid, momentary choices; the goalkeeper ruminates. He watches and waits, weighs options, shouts orders to the defense, charts angles, decides whether to cut off the near post or block the center of the goalmouth, whether to catch the ball or punch it; he thinks geometrically, looks into the future, is his team’s editor, analyst, tactician and mapmaker at one and the same moment. This is why the goalkeeper is always vaguely a figure of resentment, why “the grass never grows” where he walks: because the crowd hates a philosopher, and the goalkeeper holds himself aloof from the flow of play, looks down on it, plots against it, thwarts it.
This is the paradox of the goalkeeper, the way he plays as a sort of challenge against dualism. He is all mind for fifteen minutes, and then, on the instant, he becomes all body. He is patient and then he explodes
Q: Mr. Valdes, what would you be more afraid of: a penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo, or encountering Pepe in a dark alley?
Fb Victor Valdes: Mi mujer Yolanda Cardona y yo damos la bienvenida al mundo a nuestra hija VERA. Ha nacido hoy a las 10.30h. Bienvenida Princesa!!
My wife Yolanda Cardona and I welcome the world to our daughter VERA. She was born today at 10.30am. Welcome Princess!