The goalkeeper of Barcelona FC, Victor Valdes, has said that he refused to wear the captain’s armband in the 58th minute of the match against Athletic Bilbao because that armband couldn’t fit in his arms. His biceps were too large for that.
In the match against Bilbao, neither Carles Puyol nor Andres Iniesta was playing. So, in their absence, Xavi Hernandez was captaining the side. But, in the 58th minute, he was substituted by Lionel Messi. So, he had to give that armband to someone else.
The manager asked Xavi to give it to Valdes, but, Valdes surprisingly refused to take it. After that, Messi had to wear that armband and he captained the side from that stage.
Valdes was criticized everywhere especially in social media for that refusal. It was also said that he is not 100% committed to the club. But, the Spanish goalie clarified everything after the match.
Talking to the reporters after the match, Valdes said, “The only reason behind refusing to wear that armband was that it was too small to fit in my arms. There was nothing else behind it.”
“I am facing a lot of criticism because of that, but, I don’t think I did anything wrong there.”
When Messi took over the captaincy from Hernandez, Barcelona was trailed by 1-0. But, soon after his arrival, Barca found the net a couple of times and got ahead by 2-1. One of those goals was scored by the skipper himself.
However, Barca couldn’t maintain that lead till the final whistle was blown. In the 90th minute, Ander Herrera scored the second goal for Bilbao and the scores were equalized.
In the injury time, there were no goals scored and the match ended in a draw.