Victor Valdes has fulfilled a cryptic pledge to delete his social media profiles after retirement, reportedly so that he can maintain his privacy and make a clean break from the world of football. The former Barcelona goalkeeper tweeted a photo of a road accompanied by the caption ‘thanks for everything’ on New Year’s Day, but has deleted all of his Instagram photos and deleted his Twitter account since. Valdes previously hinted at the idea of erasing himself from the internet in a 2015 interview with Catalan media outlet RAC1, saying: “When the light goes out someday, then it will go out and I’ll be with my children, teaching them about life.”
“But I hope that when the light does go out, it will be hard to find me.” Various reports in August suggested that Valdes had decided to retire at the end of his season-long stint with Middlesbrough, this after a difficult spell with Manchester United where he was effectively frozen out of the team for refusing to play in a reserve game. At least, that was the reason given by Louis van Gaal, who fell out with a fair few players during his time at Old Trafford.