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Let’s get right to it. This is the season of Victor Valdes.
Not only did the Barcelona keeper make nine unbelievable saves on the night, but he also stopped his second penalty of the year. If you are keeping count at home, that makes Valdes 2-of-2 this year when facing penalties.
The 31-year-old has been in incredible form since the start of the new season and shows no signs of slowing down.
Despite having Lionel Messi, Neymar and others on his team, Valdes has been Barcelona’s player of the season thus far. Once a keeper who was known for his mistakes, Valdes deserves all the praise in the world right now.
But let’s look beyond Barcelona for a second.
The argument could also be made that Valdes is, right now, the best keeper in the world based on current form. He has not put a hand or foot wrong at all this season and has already bailed out Barcelona too many times to count, and it isn’t even October yet.
What did you take away from Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano? Who was your man of the match? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
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