1: His full name is Victor Valdes Arribas and he was born on the outskirts of Barcelona on January 14 1982.
2: After starting his footballing life with one of Barcelona's junior teams when 10-years old, a family move took him to Tenerife and a three-year stay in the largest of the Canary Islands.
3: A move back to Barcelona in 1995 was to begin a career few in the game can match. After taking the natural path through the ranks at the Nou Camp, Barcelona's C and B teams proved a strong foundation as he moved into the first team, making his debut in a Champions League qualifying game against Legia Warsaw in 2002. He went on to join a select band of players who have made over 100 appearances in European football.
4: He had played for the Catalonia national team before making a first team appearance with Barcelona, though these cannot be classified at international appearances as Catalonia is an autonomous region of Spain and is not affiliated to either UEFA or FIFA. He made 12 appearances for them.
5: The Zamora Trophy is an award made to the goalkeeper who has the lowest goals to game ratio in Spanish football. Victor Valdes received the award five times and was named La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year two years running.
6: He was part of Spain's World Cup winning squad in 2010, but didn't play in the tournament, considered third choice behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina. He was part of the squad that won the European Championships two years later, but again played no part, but he did make an appearance when Spain reached the final of the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013. He has made 20 appearances for the national side and a further 26 in the youth ranks from U18s to U21s.
7: He holds the record for number of appearances made by a goalkeeper for Barcelona, 535 and holds their record for the number of minutes without conceding a goal in European football. A distinguished career at the Nou Camp came to an undignified end when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Celta Vigo in March 2014. It was a game that proved to be his last for Barca and an injury that ruled him out of the World Cup that year.
8: Five months after his final game with Barcelona, Valdes joined Manchester United to complete his rehabilitation and sign a contract in January 2015. Eighteen months and just two games later his career at Old Trafford came to an end.
9: In January this year Valdes joined Standard Liege on loan and during his time there helped the Belgian side win their FA Cup beating a Club Brugge side that saw Jelle Vossen used as a sub in the final minute.
10: Valdes made is a World Club Cup winner twice, a two-time UEFA Super Cup winner, Champions League (106 appearances) winner three times, Spanish Super Cup winner six times, Spanish Cup winner twice, La Liga winner six times and a Belgium Cup winner. His trophy cabinet would fit into a small house.
11: Valdes has three children with his long-term girlfriend, Colombian model Yolanda Cardona. The couple have two sons, Dylan and Kai and a daughter, Vera.