sport news Victor Valdes announces his retirement from football

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has retired from football and has deleted all of his social media accounts.

The decision came on New Year's Day as the 35-year-old revealed he now wants to focus on his family following his decision to hang up his gloves.

Valdes, who enjoyed a stellar career with Barcelona and the Spanish national team but has been without a club after leaving Middlesbrough in May last year.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes announces his retirement from football

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes announces his retirement from football

 The Spaniard won the Champions League with Barcelona three times between 2005 and 2011

 The Spaniard won the Champions League with Barcelona three times between 2005 and 2011

 Valdes helped the Catalan giants record the first ever treble won by a Spanish team in 2009

 Valdes helped the Catalan giants record the first ever treble won by a Spanish team in 2009

Valdes took to social media one last time to say 'thanks for everything'

Valdes took to social media one last time to say 'thanks for everything'

The Spaniard reportedly had offers to continue his career, which featured unsuccessful spells at and Standard Liege.

Despite this, the Spanish keeper took to social media one final time to say 'thanks for everything' before deleting his twitter and Instagram accounts.

And Valdes is a man of his word after he announced in 2015 that he would delete his social media accounts once his playing days came to an end to focus on his family.

He told RAC1: '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

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