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Victor Valdes has announced his retirement from football and fulfilled a heartwarming promise to his family

The former Spain keeper said he would do this when he retired back in an interview in 2015

Au revoir Victor Valdes.

The former Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper has officially hung up his gloves for good.

He last played for Middlesbrough in 2016/17 and began this season without a club.


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Valdes never looked right in a Middlesbrough shirt

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Valdes never looked right in a Middlesbrough shirt

And on New Year’s Day he tweeted that we would not see him playing professional football ever again.

But, that wasn’t the only reason we are reaching for the tissues following the announcement.

Back in 2015 Valdes said in an interview that when he retires from football he would delete all his social media accounts in order to fully focus on his family.


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what’s shinier the trophy or Valdes’ head?

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what’s shinier the trophy or Valdes’ head?

“When the light goes out someday, then it will go out and I’ll be with my children, teaching them about life,” he told RAC1.

“But I hope that when the light does go out, it will be hard to find me.”

Although he was being rather cryptic in that interview yesterday he deleted all of his Instagram photos and his Twitter account.

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It’s a very nice thought that he will settle back into family life and pass on all he knows about saving a football to his kids.

Valdes had a glittering career at Barcelona making 387 appearances and winning the Champions League three times.

He is rightly considered one of the best keepers ever to pull on the Blaugrauna jersey.

A serial winner at Barcelona

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A serial winner at Barcelona

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The 35-year-old was also in the Spain squad that won the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros 2012, but had to play second fiddle to Iker Cassilas.

After leaving Barca due to persistent knee problems he joined Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United.

The move didn’t turn out to be a total success and he left for Standard Liege on loan before finishing his career at Middlesbrough.

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Game recognise game

It was a shame to see him ending his career at Middlesbrough as they suffered relegation.

But he should be remembered as one of the best keepers of the modern era.