Victor Valdes is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in the history of football, particularly celebrated for a glittering 12-year spell with FC Barcelona. 

Born and raised in the Spanish city, Valdes initially joined Barcelona's academy at the age of 10. He and his family moved to the island of Tenerife a few months after, where he was recruited by CD Tenerife.

However, Valdes returned to La Masia three years later, where he would form part of a golden generation of Spanish talent emerging through Barca's ranks, alongside the likes of Carles Puyol, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta.

Over the next 12 years, he notched up more than 500 competitive appearances for the Catalan giants, becoming a mainstay between the sticks as Barcelona re-established themselves as a force in world football. 

Valdes would earn an incredible 21 major honours with Barca, including six La Liga titles, and the Champions League on three occasions.

In 2014, Valdes called time on his Camp Nou career, citing a desire for "new challenges." 

Having been courted by many of the world's biggest clubs, and suffering a complication in the form of an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament, Valdes eventually signed for Manchester United in October that year.

However, Valdes found limited opportunities at Old Trafford, with his route to the first team blocked by further injuries, and the form of compatriot David de Gea. Valdes departed Manchester United earlier this year having made just two competitive appearances.

The Spaniard did spend a brief period on loan at Standard Liège last season, where he would win the Belgian Cup - defeating Jelle Vossen's Club Brugge in the final. 

Valdes has also earned 20 caps for La Roja, a total which would surely be much higher if not for Spain's record cap holder Iker Casillas. Valdes was, however, part of the victorious Spanish squads at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.