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No.1: Víctor Valdés Arribas

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Víctor Valdés Arribas is a Spanish football goalkeeper born January 14, 1982 in Barcelona.

He started his career with Barça’s youth team when he joined from Peña Cinco Copas on July 1, 1992. But in September, he moved with his family to Tenerife and had to leave the club, rejoining only three years later. After quickly proving his worth with the youth teams and Barca B, the club coaches decided that the 2002-2003 season was to be Valdés time to form part of the first team squad. At first, he alternated appearances with Roberto Bonano but finished the season as regular first choice. In the 2003-04 season, he emerged as first-choice goalkeeper, and in the 2004-05 season, he played in almost all of Barcelona’s matches helping Barcelona to their first league title in six years. He also won the Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper in Spain.In the 2005-06 season, he helped Barça to the double. He played a big part in Barca’s UEFA Champions League 2005-06 title and in the final against Arsenal, he denied Thierry Henry twice from point-blank range. His efforts saw him singled out for praise from Coach Frank Rijkaard. Valdés set the FC Barcelona club record for not conceding a goal in European competition with a clean sheet against Rangers on 7 November 2007, which saw him re-write the Barça record books after not conceding a goal for 466 minutes.

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