Greatest Barcelona XI from the last decade

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Victor Valdes of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on March 12, 2014 (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Victor Valdes of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on March 12, 2014 (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Victor Valdes (Goalkeeper, 2002-2014)

Though an argument could be made for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Victor Valdes will take this spot. The Spaniard is one of the most underrated names on this list. Valdes in his many years at the Nou Camp played the role of the last line of defense with an outstanding ability to shot stop. The La Masia graduate was good with both his hands and his feet and was regarded to be the perfect goalkeeper with an excellent presence in the area. He had great reflexes and agility while being passionate and courageous in his appearances. He made his debut in 2002 but spent the initial year as a second choice goalkeeper. The season after saw the Spain international secure the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper and maintained that until his departure in 2014.

Valdes made 539 appearances for the Catalans, conceding only 442 goals in the process which led to his five Zamora Trophy – awarded to the keeper who concedes the least number of goals throughout the La Liga season. He also managed to rack up many trophies, 6 La Liga titles, 6 Spanish Super Cups, 3 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 2 FIFA Club World Cups and 2 Copa del Reys.

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