He visited Korea in 2017 when he was 19 years old. He was to compete in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. He took Uruguay to the quarterfinals. Although he scored only one goal, he came out three times as the first kicker in the penalty shootout and succeeded in all of them. He was awarded the Silver Ball for second place MVP. At the time, he was in the Real Madrid B team, and now he is the true A team starter.
Federico Valverde (25, Real Madrid) is expected to play in an evaluation match against Korea at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th. Valverde is a Real Madrid midfielder. He scored 7 goals and 2 assists in 26 appearances in the Spanish Primera Liga this season. He also played 7 matches in the European Champions League, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists. The current ransom is 100 million euros (approximately 139.9 billion won), which is tied for 6th in the world soccer player market price rankings. Son Heung-min is tied for 57th with 60 million euros (approximately 83.9 billion won).
Valverde is a central attacking midfielder. He is a world-class attacking agent with excellent shooting, passing, activity and fighting spirit. He also participated in the Qatar World Cup Korea match. He threatened the Korean goal three times, including a shot that hit the post at the end of the second half, and made a strong tackle on Lee Kang-in. The game ended 0-0, but he became the MVP of the game. 안전놀이터
Valverde sparked controversy over racist celebrations at the 2017 U-20 World Cup held in South Korea. After scoring a goal against Portugal in Daejeon on June 4, he celebrated with an eye-opening gesture. It is a gesture that is accepted as a racist act in Asia. Valverde also explained, “I apologize to Korean fans,” and “It was just a ceremony for a friend, and there was no intention of racism.”