La Liga: 5 players who shone at Valencia
A club with a rich history, Valencia have won a number of national as well as continental titles and are deemed a part of the G-14 group of European football clubs.While they might have endured a number of tough seasons in the recent memory, there is no denying the fact that Valencia are amongst the elite in Spain. Their ability to field competitive and efficient units, despite their financial constraints has often left a number of football pundits and fans mesmerised with their performances.
Over the course of the last few decades, we have seen a number of superstars establish their credentials at the Mestalla Stadium and in this segment, we bring to you 5 such players, who made a mark for themselves while playing for the Los Che.
#5 Jordi Alba- 2008-2012
It was under Unai Emeri at Valencia, that the current Barcelona left-back truly rose to prominence for his attacking displays down the left side of the pitch. A player blessed with immense pace, great close control as well as a sweet left foot, Alba has only established himself as the top left-back in the country, but also as one of the top left-backs in the world.
Alba joined Valencia from Cornella in 2007 and progressed the side’s B division for a season before being loaned out to Gimnàstic de Tarragona, who were plying their trade in the Spanish Segunda division. He enjoyed a rather pleasant start to his footballing career in the Segunda division, featuring 37 times and impressing the hierarchy at Valencia to bring him back and offer him a place in the first team squad.
What followed was three glorious years at the Mestalla Stadium, where he tormented the opposition defenders as well as attackers with his searing pace and creativity.
It came as no surprise when Barcelona made clear their intention of bringing one of the hottest talents in Spain and were duly rewarded for their persistence in the chase of the player when he signed for them at the start of the 2012-13 season.
He continues to impress for the Catalan club and is the first choice for Spain as well. However, it was at Valencia, where he truly shone and established himself as one of the finest full-backs on the Planet.