It will. The symbol, the icon, the man who replaced Mendieta with him 6 To the back. The invisible, the player who became essential in the national team and of course in the club of his loves and his life is leaving. David Albelda leaves football and leaves it after 15 intense years. Makes him aware that with him, the team lived its moments of glory. The two leagues, UEFA, the European Super Cup and especially the two Champions League finals.
The best moments forming a great duo with Rubén Baraja, its perfect complement in midfield. He was not a footballer of touch or spectacular changes of orientations, not much less goals, 11 in 552 meetings, but his footprint will always remain in the club as Puchades already did, as Mendieta already did, as many others did.
Will not continue playing, but what is clear is that the one from Pobla Llarga has marked a before and after. Loved by the fans, he also knew how to face bad days, such as those in which he had to denounce the club and be seen in court for considering that his removal from the calls was an act of doubtful legality. Lost, as well as the captaincy in a few delicate months where Koeman, Soler and a social and sports instability put Valencia in check.
But just as he lost, knew how to win again. Made it through effort, the fight and the surrender, the one who always accompanied him on the pitch. Through so many attributes, the former Olympic silver medalist in Sydney 2000 He continued fighting even for his team until the last day of this past League. He did not get the Champions, But not for that, his time at Valencia was less brilliant.