FC Barcelona goalkeeper and Spanish international Victor Valdés won his fifth consecutive Zamora Trophy Monday at the Gala de Fútbol, hosted by Madrid sports daily, Marca.
The Barcelona number ‘1’ earned the award after another season being the least beaten goalkeeper in the Spanish top division.
Valdés dedicated his award to Antoni Ramallets, former Barça shot-stopper from 1946-1962. Ramallets also won the Zamora trophy five times.
“I am filled with pride for winning this trophy,” Valdés said. “In moments like these you remember your comrades, who helped you earn distinctions like this, and I also want to remember a legend like Ramallets.”
The Catalan keeper, who is currently with the Spanish national team ahead of this week’s World Cup Qualifiers, said it was an honor to be in the same tier as the club icon.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be able to compare myself with Ramallets, who is more of a legend for barcelonismo.”
Ramallets appeared via satellite and congratulated the younger keeper.
“Keep on enjoying yourself, my friend Valdés,” Ramallets said.
FC Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa picked up Lionel Messi’s Pichichi Trophy on the player’s behalf.
Real Madrid forward and Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo won the Alfredo di Stefano Trophy, awarded to Marca‘s best player of the previous season.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho took home the Miguel Muñoz trophy for his efforts in winning la Liga last season.
Source: EMD; Image: Jose A Garcia/MARCA