The Barça stopper is heading for his fifth Zamora Trophy, which would equal the tally of club legend Antoni Ramallets.
Valdés would also become the first person to win four consecutive awards for the best goalkeeping record in La Liga.
“Records are there to be broken”, said Ramallets in issue 43 of Barça Magazine in October 2010, an article in which he and Valdés shared anecdotes and impressions. “Whenever I have met Antoni, he has always made it clear that he has faith in me. Ever since the start. He trusted me, and I am grateful to him for that. It has been a luxury and a privilege to have always been able to count on such support” said the current Barcelona number one.
Valdés has let in 26 goals in 34 league matches to date, a coefficient of 0.76 goals a game. He is followed by Casillas, with an average of 0.86. Even if the Real Madrid keeper gets three clean sheets in his last three games, Valdés would still have a better record and so it is just a case of waiting until the end of the season before he is confirmed as the winner.
Having grown up through the club youth system, Valdés first won the Zamora in the 2004/05 season, when Rijkaard was still manager. Under Guardiola, the keeper from l’Hospitalet has added four further titles, in consecutive years (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12), something nobody has ever done before. The nearest anybody came was Arconada, who won the award three times with Real Sociedad in the early eighties.
Pinto commented at his Tuesday press conference that “individual honours are recognition for the work of the whole squad … He is the goalkeeper who most deserves it.” (via FCBarcelona.com)
The 18 Zamora winners for Barça
Ramallets (1952, 56, 57, 59 and 60)
Sadurní (1969, 75 and 75)
Valdés (2005, 09, 10 and 11)