Federico Valverde has proven himself to be one of the best young talents in the world this season. He has surely impressed everyone with his world class play for Real Madrid. He is a fan favorite and he keeps being picked almost every game to play over players like James Rodriguez and Isco. He has played 24 games in total this season for Real Madrid and he plays his heart out every game, and that’s what fans love about him the most, he has a ‘never give up’ attitude and it shows.
Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has nothing but praise for the 21 year old. While talking to reporters, he was asked about the Uruguayan, and Zidane said “Valverde was great…I am very pleased for him…He is dedicated to improving and he shows that in training and now in games.”
One of the biggest moments in his career thus far was against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final back in January. The two Madrid teams were tied 0-0 in extra time and Valverde was sent off with one of the smartest red cards in football history. Alvaro Morata was one on one with the goalkeeper, about to score the winning goal against Real Madrid, when Valverde sprinted from about 20 yards of the center half to catch up to Morata and foul him, preventing a clear goal chance for Atletico Madrid which resulted in him being sent off in the dying minutes of this final. This was the moment where Valverde made a name for himself not just to all Real Madrid fans, but to all football fans around the world because Real Madrid went on to win 4-1 on penalties that evening and Valverde was crowned Man of The Match for his incredible game and for saving Real Madrid’s title chances. Even Diego Simeone, Atletico’s manager, praised the Uruguayan, saying “Fede Valverde’s red card was the most important moment of the game. I told him not to worry, that anyone would’ve done the same in his position. He won the game.” That game looked like Valverde had 20 years of football experience and his smart foul was something to only admire.
Valverde is definitely the future of Real Madrid, because he is what Real Madrid stands by, and that is the ‘never give up’ attitude. The Uruguayan is under elite staff, and has some of the best players in the world on his side. He is still developing, but with all the opportunity he has been given, Valverde could be one of the best players in the world 5 years from now.