There’s a Birdie that makes madridismo breathe. Because when Kroos or Modric decide to take a step back, something that sooner or later -inevitably- will have to happen, there will be a certain Federico Valverde who has shown to be capable of giving it forward. Before him PSG, in the biggest game of the year so far, Casemiro’s suspension opened the door for him to start; It was a big ballot, a test of height with hints of vertigo. But he not only did not shrink, but he approved with flying colors. curdled a great game that shot the cache, the confidence -own and others- and the weight in the locker room. He showed that he is prepared for when the time comes for the generational change.
Valverde played the 90 minutes and gave 49 passeswith a spectacular 90% success rate in the opposite field. He won nine duels and recovered five balls, emptying himself on a physical level in dizzying pressure that demanded 200% of his abilities. He made a great match against a great team. And he added shooting to surpass Lucas Vázquez (1,709 ‘) and become the 11th player on the squad with the most minutes among all competitions (1,709′). He is the ‘substitute’ with the most minutes of the entire team; better figures, in that sense, than Asensio (1,606′), on paper, a member of the starting team.
With only 23 years continues to grow and present candidacy to the engine room. Demonstrating that among your records there is a extraordinary versatility. He is a complete player, with good defense and a remarkable arrival. The latter was seen in the only goal he has scored, so far, this season: to decide the Clásico of the Super Cup against Barcelona. Only one, but gold. In addition, his speed in the race is latent: he has come to register a sprint of 37.4 kilometers per hour in Champions.
Contract until 2027
The club’s commitment to the Birdie it is strong, being aware that in it there is a pearl of the future… More and more present. He arrived at Castilla in 2016 in exchange for 5 million (from Peñarol), but its maturation phase had to go at the rate of piano piano. Thus, he played one season in the subsidiary and another, on loan at Deportivo de la Coruña, where he played 25 games and did not score. At 23 years old, he already has a League, two Super Cups and a Club World Cup. “Play with the best midfield in the world”said his partner, Mino Bonino, defending him against the substitutions. who knows if Valverdewithin not long, can be part of the new best midfield in the world.
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Valverde is ready