Barcelona Star Retires And Then Vanishes From Social Media To Fulfill His Promise

Victor Valdes (L-R) holds the Champions League trophy as he celebrates Barcelona's Champions League victory with teammates Xavi Hernandez, Sergi Busquets and Carles Puyol.

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Barcelona legend Victor Valdes has ‘disappeared’ from social media, confirming his already suspected retirement, according to reports.

The legendary shot-stopper has been out of action since leaving Championship side Middlesbrough at the end of last season.

There was speculation which suggested that Valdes may have taken retirement from professional football following Boro’s relegation, but there was no evidence to confirm the allegations.

However, his latest social media activity has confirmed it all, as the veteran goalkeeper has finally decided to hang his boots after enjoying an illustrious career.

Valdes, before deleting his Twitter account, posted his last tweet, which read ‘thanks for everything’. His Instagram profile has also been made private, and all of his images removed.

By doing this, the Spaniard has not only made a dramatic exit from the grand stage, but also fulfilled a promise which he had made back in 2015.

The decorated shot-stopper had stated in an interview with Catalan broadcaster RAC1 that when he retires, he would delete all his social media accounts in order to fully focus on his family.

He had 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.”

Valdes made a staggering 535 appearances for La Blaugrana, and won six La Liga titles, along with three Champions League crowns.

He then completed his switch to Old Trafford in 2014, and made just two appearances for them before moving to Middlesbrough in 2016.


Written by Sidharth Jindal  

Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.


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