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Real Madrid, Fede Valverde
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Federico Valverde was Real Madrid’s standout performer from the 2019/20 title-winning season. The Uruguayan international started the 2020/21 season on a high note and played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s important victory against Barcelona at the Camp Nou by scoring the opener. However, Valverde has been slightly unfortunate this season in terms of injuries and has struggled a little with form.

But, his fighting spirit and his commendable work rate have remained unchanged. Valverde’s presence in the midfield was missed in both the legs against Chelsea in the semi-final of the UCL and his presence in the starting eleven could have certainly had a strong impact on Real progressing over the Blues to the finals.

With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric catching up with age, coupled with the lack of central midfielders in the squad, Fede Valverde will certainly play an important role next season and could start several fixtures to give Modric a rest.

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Valverde has all it takes to succeed at Real Madrid and build a legacy after already becoming a fan favourite since his final minute tackle on Alvaro Morata in the Spanish Super Cup final that eventually saw Real lift the trophy. This the only start for the Uruguayan international and more is to come next season.