Real Madrid Midfielder Federico Valverde Names Toughest Opponent He Ever Faced

Real Madrid Midfielder Federico Valverde Names Toughest Opponent He Ever Faced

Ero Samson
updated at October 21, 2023 at 7:33 PM
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  • Federico Valverde has developed into one the best midfielders in recent years
  • The Real Madrid midfielder is known for his versatility and shot power
  • Valverde in a recent interview, has named the most challenging opponent he ever faced

In recent years, Federico Valverde has blossomed into one of football's most exceptional midfield talents.

The Real Madrid player's stock has skyrocketed since bursting onto the football scenes in 2018, and he has become an indispensable part of the La Liga giants' setup.

Valverde's remarkable versatility on the field has been consistently utilized by various managers in recent times.

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Federico Valverde celebrates a goal in the colours of Real Madrid. Image: Diego Souto.
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Recently, Valverde discussed his most formidable opponent during an interview on Twitch.

Valverde on his most challenging opponent

When asked about the player who posed the most significant challenge to him, he responded with the name of the former Barcelona captain, "Messi", as reported by Madrid Xtra.

For a significant portion of his initial four years at Real Madrid, Valverde was tasked with containing Messi whenever their paths crossed on the field.

During the live stream, Valverde also revealed that there was a club he nearly joined before signing with Los Blancos, and that club was "Arsenal."

As reported by Caught offside, this places the midfielder in a prestigious list of world-class players who came close to joining North London club alongside the likes of retired Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Al Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo.

In hindsight, Valverde certainly doesn't regret his decision to move to Spain, given the substantial growth he has experienced during his time at the club. He has achieved numerous titles, including the UEFA Champions League and two La Liga crowns.

Bellingham speaks on Real Madrid future

Sports Brief also previously reported on Jude Bellingham explaining his Real Madrid plans and how long he fancies staying at the Spanish giants.

The English midfielder, who has settled seamlessly into the plans of Ancelotti, has heralded the spotlights with his string of impressive displays.

During his post-match conference following England's Euro qualifier win over Italy, Bellingham when quizzed about whether the Spanish club had impacted his game and where he would love to be stated he would wish to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu for the next 10 to 15 years of his career.

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