Fede Valverde’s dream has come true
Dthe oars, more often than not, are not filled. These are desires that are pursued without a happy ending. Fortunately, the chosen ones manage to mix dream and reality.
One of them is Fede Valverde, real Madridthe powerful midfielder, who once again shows his best side, and what makes him a footballer both feared and admired.
When he was no older than 12, one cold morning in Montevideo, Uruguay, he woke up somewhere between scared and euphoric. He ran to his parents and told them that he had dreamed that everyone in a big stadium was cheering for him.
The problem came when he told his parents he was wearing white. It was not possible. His team and his parents’ team wore yellow and black, and the rival team wore white. A, Penarol. The other, Nationalthe enemy.
They let it happen. After all, it was the dream of a child who spent his days playing football, and to some extent it was logical to assume an error in the dream narrative.
The surprise came when history repeated itself a few days later and at that time the current real Madrid player realized that the scene was not depicted in his native Uruguay.
The stadium was even bigger. He and his teammates were still dressed in white and the whole stadium applauded his name: “Fede, Fede, Fede”, but with a strange accent. So much so that he told his mother they weren’t Uruguayans. Is there a team that wears white and whose supporters speak Spanish, but a little differently?
Fede kept doing his thing. He played football, football and more football. He was building his body, his head, starting to get the attention of so many teams, but the family didn’t quite believe everything that was being said. real Madrid saw him and made a gesture.
After the first meeting with the family, her mother could not understand what was going on. She didn’t believe it.
Juni Calafat traveled to Montevideo to secure a signing and the necessary assurance of being able to count on one of the most exciting young players in South American football.
The first thing the mother did during this meeting with Juni Calafat was to wonder if he really represented real Madrid. When she discovered that was the case, she burst into tears, excited about the path her son Federico was about to follow months later.
The dream was getting closer to becoming reality. The first step had already been taken.
The next came when, still a 17-year-old boy, he traveled to Madrid to sign the contract and begin to know what was to be his home.
At first, there were no plans to do anything as he was just another young player arriving at the club’s academy. However, Juan Pedro Damianithen president of Penarolarrived in Madrid and did not want to miss this special moment.
When Florentino Perez learned of the presence of his Uruguayan counterpart, he wanted to formalize the event a little.
“One day, he was at my house, with his mother”, Juan Pedro Damiani recalled in a conversation with MARCA. “My son, who was nine, was there too.
“‘He will play in one of the best teams in the world, he will be an important player and he will be in the most important matches there are’. His mother didn’t believe it. But here he is.
“He was a big boy, humble and a different player. He was one of many players who came out of Penarolthe youth academy. During my stay there, we built a training center which continues to bear fruit,” said the former president, who did not want to leave. Valverde alone at the time of signing.
The problem came when Valverde didn’t even have a shirt on, let alone a jacket so as not to break event protocol.
Armani? Dolce Gabanna? No, the agent and the player rushed to Zara so that the then shy Valverde wouldn’t bother.
“real Madrid have an advantage and that’s Juni Calafat“, Damiani mentioned.
“He knows how to spot young talent like very few others.
“He is an absolute guarantee. He knew that when he came for Valverde he was right on the money.”
A dream come true
Since he found his best form, Valverde has become a staple in Carlo Ancelottiit is real Madrid XI and produced performances such as the one against Levante, showing power, strength and a very modern style of football.
Only the goals missed, but despite that, the crowd chanted “Fede, Fede and Fede”, as in his dream.
But he knows that the hardest work is yet to come. Thursday, he touched the woodwork three times, but the conviction is clear that “the goal will come in the final in Paris”.