At just 31, Valdes still has his best years ahead of him
At 31 years of age, Valdes is just reaching his prime as a goalkeeper.
He has shown his value to Barcelona time and again and has already earned a record five Zamora trophies—awarded to the keeper who concedes the least number of goals throughout the La Liga season.
That brought him level with legendary Barca keeper Antoni Ramallets, which was an honour for Valdes. The 31-year-old told Marca (h/t totalBarca):
I am filled with pride for winning this trophy. In moments like these you remember your comrades, who helped you earn distinctions like this, and I also want to remember a legend like Ramallets.
It’s a tremendous honor to be able to compare myself with Ramallets, who is more of a legend for barcelonismo.
Barcelona have enjoyed Valdes' best work to date, and potentially, he has a good few years ahead of him yet in a professional sense.
With goalkeepers generally reach their playing peak in their early 30's, slightly later than outfield players, it's possible that the best is still to come from the player.
Doubts still surround Iker Casillas' participation for the Spanish national team, as this Football-Espana report shows, so we may also be looking at the future No. 1 for La Roja.