Barcelona legend Victor Valdes played for several Spanish youth teams at international level before making his debut for the senior team. The former Manchester United and Middlesbrough shot stopper featured eleven times for the Spain u-18 team between 2000 and 2001. He went on to play three times for the Spain u-19 team in 2001. As a matter of fact, Victor Valdes played for both the Spain u-19 team and the Spain u-20 team within the same year. He had a solitary appearance for the u-20 team.
After turning out for the Spain u-18, u-19 And u-20 teams, Victor Valdes featured eleven times for the u-21 team between 2002 and 2003. However, he had to wait for seven years before his debut for the senior team in 2010.
Valdes received his first senior team invitation on August 16, 2005 ahead of an international friendly clash with South American team Uruguay, but he didn’t make an appearance off the bench throughout the game. He was then overlooked by the various Spanish national team managers on several occasions until Vicente Del Bosque named him in the 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament on South African soil. He was the second choice goalkeeper behind first choice Iker Casillas. Victor Valdes wore the jersey number 12 throughout the tournament in South Africa and he was on the bench for the whole tournament due to the form of Casillas as Spain emerged world champions for the first time by beating the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time courtesy the goal from Andres Iniesta.
Before the tournament in South Africa, Victor Valdes made his senior team debut for Spain in a friendly against the 2002 World Cup hosts South Korea in Innsbruck, Austria on June 3, 2010.
In addition to the 2010 World Cup title, Valdes was also part of the Spain team that won the Euro 2012 tournament and again the shot stopper was benched throughout the tournament. He also reached the 2013 Confederations Cup final with Spain before they were beaten by hosts Brazil.