Real Valladolid is a Spanish professional soccer team playing in the Primera Division. The club is yet to solidify its position in Spain’s top-flight as they often endure relegation. Albivioletas or White and Violets as they are often referred to lack any major trophies with the slight exception of a single Copa de la Liga in 1984. The 4th place has been their best ever La Liga ranking, but they have won the Segunda Division on 3 occasions, most recently in 2007. Valladolid plays its home games at the ground Estadio José Zorrilla and is currently owned by legendary player Ronaldo Nazario. In 2018 he purchased 51% of the shares and also became the club’s president. Credited with a proven youth academy the team often produces talent for the elite European clubs.
Notable Real Valladolid Transfers
Gabriel Heinze from Newell's Old Boys for £2 Million in 1997 – Heinze got introduced to the world of European football by the Albivioletas. At first, he struggled for play-time and was sent out on loan with Portuguese side Sporting CP. By 1999 the defender had earned his spot in the first team and made 18 appearances in what can be considered as his debut Valladolid season. In 2000/2001 he played in 36 out of 38 league matches and started gathering the attention of numerous European sides. In the summer of 2001, he got sold to PSG for £3.5 Million. Heinze went on to play for teams like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Marseille, and Roma before returning to his homeland.
César Sánchez to Real Madrid for £6.25 Million in 2000 – Sánchez came up through Valladolid’s youth system and played over 200 matches for the club before continuing his career. Being his team’s first-choice keeper, between 1995 and 2000 the goalie only missed a total of 4 games. With his impressive form and spectacular durability, Real Madrid thought he will fit nicely at Santiago Bernabeu. Joining in 2000 he set the record for Valladolid’s most expensive player and contested Iker Casillas’ spot as a first-choice starter. In 5 years Sánchez made 59 appearances for Los Blancos and later went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur, Valencia and Villareal.
Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid for £1 Million in 2009 – The Prominent Atletico Madrid and Chelsea striker had a short spell with Valladolid. Los Colchoneros had bought Costa in 2007 and continued developing the striker before enlisting him in their first team. His time at Valladolid was just an experience gathering for Costa. It was by no means his best season as he only scored 8 times in 34 matches, but it was an important one in his career. Following this campaign, Costa had finally earned his spot in Atletico’s senior squad.
Mohammed Salisu to Southampton for £12 Million in 2020 – Salisu is probably the most promising player to ever come out of Valladolid’s youth academy. Playing as a center-back and less frequently as a defensive midfielder he was bought by Premier League side Southampton at the age of 21. He possesses immense skills and will only develop them further. His current price tag is being estimated at £12 Million, a sum that will most certainly skyrocket as Salisu continues growing.