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Valdes could definitely play 820 times for Barcelona August 29, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Spanish soccer.
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He could be doing this for a while.

 

At one point during Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Villarreal today, ESPN commentator Adrian Healy, observing how little the victors’ keeper Victor Valdes touches the ball in your average game, joked, “If he has many more halves like this, he could make 410 more appearances.”

That’s how many he has at the moment, a record-setting number for a Barcelona keeper, and at first the idea of 820 appearances for the blaugrana sounded absurd, but then I remembered Valdes is only 29 years old. Valdes made his debut at age 20 against Atletico Madrid in 2002. He made fewer than 20 appearances that season, so he’s been first choice for eight years.

Edwin van der Sar just retired at 40. It’s not that rare for goalkeepers, after all, and at the rate he’s going, Valdes could double his tally by age 37. Definitely realistic, also pretty unbelievable.