With both sides of the story now known, why should Barcelona keep the shot-stopper? Despite making a few glaring mistakes in his career, Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova still sees him as the best keeper in the world.
Of course the Blaugrana boss will regard his keeper as the world’s best, that much comes with the territory. But the keeper is, in fact, one of the world’s best keepers.
In the position of a keeper, every mistake is seen. It is a sad truth that keepers will always receive much more negativity for mistakes than is necessary.
Despite mistakes that Valdes has made, he has always made up for them. Just this season the keeper has made countless saves that kept Barcelona in games. And there really is no need to even bring up the amazing amount of trophies he has won while at Barcelona.
In fact, in terms of pure shot-stopping ability, Valdes is arguably the best there is. Though the likes of Casillas and Buffon are clearly better players overall, it is difficult to find a keeper who saves as many difficult shots as Valdes.
Do not get me wrong, I am not claiming that he is the best in the world. But I am trying to show that his overall ability cannot be denied. Though Valdes, statistically, is not the best in the world, the stats do not show the whole story.
Most of the goals scored against Valdes are one-on-one attempts, which should always be scored by the striker. Valdes also lets in a few free-kicks, but the majority of goals from set pieces are nearly impossible to stop.
The case for Valdes is a simple one. He is an amazing keeper who has received more negativity than he deserves. As one of the world’s best, who could realistically be brought in as an upgrade?
Victor Valdes is Barcelona-bred, he knows the system and he is a proven winner. Fans, do not listen to the constantly insane rumor mills, Valdes is staying at Barcelona.
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