Barcelona legend Victor Valdes was the starting goalkeeper for the Catalan giants during the 2011 UEFA Champions League final clash with Premier League heavyweights Manchester United at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
Manchester United had already sealed the Premier League title having wrestled it from the hands of rivals Chelsea and they were hoping to add the Champions League title to it. They also had revenge on their minds against Barcelona after they were beaten 2-0 in the 2009 Champions League final for the Catalans to seal an impressive treble.
Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi scored either side of the interval in the 2009 Champions League final clash with Manchester United in Rome to lead Barcelona to the Champions League title. The Catalans were able to add the Champions League title to the Copa Del Rey title and the La Ligatitle for an excellent hattrick of trophies.
Barcelona were also in the same position as Manchester United in the quest to add the Champions League title to the La Liga title won in 2011. In the end, it was Victor Valdes and Barcelona who were successful thanks to a 3-1 win over the Red Devils.
Pedro Rodriguez scored the first goal of the game on 27 minutes in the colours of Catalan giants Barcelona. Manchester United trailed for just seven minutes as Wayne Rooney gave Victor Valdes no chance in the Barcelona goal to level matters for the Premier League team. Lionel Messi was the best player on the pitch and he added end product to his performance with the second Barcelona goal nine minutes after restart thus paving the way for Spanish striker David Villa to wrap up a 3-1 win for Barcelona with his 69th minute strike.
Centre referee Victor Kassai of Hungary booked Victor Valdes for timewasting five minutes before the end of the game. By then, it was clear that the next destination of the Champions League trophy was the Nou Camp.