The Uruguayan Young Pearl of Real Madrid: Silver Ball in the World...

The Uruguayan Young Pearl of Real Madrid: Silver Ball in the World Cup U-20


Federico Valverde is one of the most promising footballers Real Madrid have in the club. He’s currently playing with Castilla, the second team, in the Segunda B, the third division of the Spanish football. The club has now to decide whether they keep the player one more year or he does on loan to a top-flight club.

Valverde travelled to South Korea to play the World Cup U-20 with his national team, Uruguay. The South American team arrived to the semi-finals but he was one of the best players of the tournament. Actually, he was awarded with the Silver Ball, so according to the experts, he was the second best footballer.

He plays both as a defensive midfielder or as a playmaker, behind the strikers. Actually, there is a debate in the club about his role in the team because they don’t know yet his ideal position. He played 30 games this season, scoring 3 goals. His first performances were quite poor but he’s been improving until finishing the season with great results.

Valverde (Montevideo, 22-7-1998) arrived to Valdebebas on the 22nd of July 2016, when he turned 18, so the club could avoid having problems with FIFA. They spent €5M to sign the player from Peñarol. This is the strategy the followed with Marco Asensio, Odegaard or Vinicius. Now, perhaps the club was right and Valverde could be a great player in the future.

At the moment, two top flight clubs have offered a deal to the player and the club. Real Madrid might think to give him on loan in the next season, so he can make his debut in La Liga. However, these offers came before he travelled to Korea to play the World Cup. After the Silver Ball award, the club might receive even more offers for ‘El Pajarito’ (‘The Little Bird’), his nickname.