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Full name  Borja Valero Iglesias
Playing position  Midfielder
1995–2004  Real Madrid
Role  Footballer
Weight  73 kg
Children  Alvaro Valero
Place of birth  Madrid, Spain
Number  20
Name  Borja Valero
Height  1.75 m
Salary  1.3 million EUR (2012)
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Date of birth  (1985-01-12) 12 January 1985 (age 30)
Current teams  Spain national football team (Midfielder), ACF Fiorentina (#20 / Midfielder)
Similar People  Josip Ilicic, Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez, Nenad Tomovic, Milan Badelj, Khouma Babacar

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Borja Valero Iglesias ([ˈborxa βaˈleɾo]; born 12 January 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club Fiorentina as a central midfielder.


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Best known for his technique and passing ability, he began his career with Real Madrid but did not have any impact with its first team, and played for Mallorca and in England for West Bromwich Albion before joining Villarreal in 2010.

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Over the course of five seasons, Valero amassed La Liga totals of 139 games and 16 goals.

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Real Madrid

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Valero was born in Madrid, and began his football career as a youngster in the ranks of Real Madrid. He made his first appearance for the B-side in Segunda Division B as a second-half substitute, took part in the playoffs to earn promotion and played two full seasons in Segunda Division.

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Valero played only twice for the first team: given his debut by Fabio Capello against Ecija on 25 October 2006, replacing Javi Garcia after 60 minutes of a match for the Copa del Rey, he also featured once in the UEFA Champions League, substituting Miguel Angel Nieto in a 2–2 away draw with Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage.


In August 2007 Valero signed a five-year contract with Mallorca, following his release from Real Madrid. He scored his first La Liga goals in a 7–1 home win over Recreativo on 9 March 2008, and added another a month later, against his former team in a 1–1 home draw.

On 11 May, Valero scored the first goal for Mallorca as they came back from 2–0 down to beat Barcelona in Frank Rijkaard's last home game as the latter's manager. He made 17 starts and played a total of 1,892 minutes during the season to help the club finish in seventh position.

In mid-August 2008, Mallorca's president stated that the club had rejected bids from English club West Bromwich Albion for Valero and Oscar Trejo, but a week later, Valero signed for the club – newly promoted to the Premier League – for a club record fee of €7 million (£4.7 million). He agreed a four-year contract with the option of a further year in the club's favour.

West Bromwich Albion

Valero made his debut four days later in Albion's 1–3 League Cup defeat away to Hartlepool United. Manager Tony Mowbray said that he would have benefited from his first game in English football, only hours after receiving international clearance, despite the defeat.

Following Albion's relegation to the Championship after just one season, Valero said that he intended to remain at the club: "I still have a three-year contract here and would like to be true to that. For sure playing in the second division is not ideal. But if I have to put up with it then I am going to put up with it." By the beginning of the next campaign, however, he had changed his mind: "I prefer to play in Mallorca and not to be in the second division in England. This is clear. I am disposed for a loan return but it is necessary for an accord between the clubs".

Just hours before the close of the transfer window, Valero returned to Mallorca on loan for the 2009–10 season. On 13 September, in the first match in his second spell, he scored the club's 1000th top level goal in a 1–1 draw at Villarreal. In another away fixture, he netted in the last minute for nine-man Mallorca to clinch a 1–1 draw against Atletico Madrid in October, and was ever-present as Mallorca finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League; he also won the prestigious Don Balon Award for the best Spanish player in La Liga.

At the end of the season, Valero returned to his parent club after Mallorca confirmed they could not afford to take up the agreed fee of £2.5 million to make the move permanent.


For 2010–11, it was reported that Valero was joining Villarreal on a five-year contract, but the clubs eventually agreed on a season-long loan, with the move to be made permanent at the end of the season. He scored on his home debut for the team, a 4–0 win against Espanyol on 12 September 2010, and featured heavily throughout the season as the club finished in fourth position and qualified for the Champions League.

On 1 July 2011, Villarreal signed Valero on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee. Villarreal were relegated at the end of the season, and it was reported that he was among a number of players expected to leave.


On 1 August 2012, Fiorentina agreed with Villarreal for the transfer of Valero. The move was confirmed three days later, and he joined the Serie A team alongside teammate Gonzalo Rodriguez; after joining he said leaving his previous club was not easy, and that he still had not come to terms with its relegation.

Valero made an immediate impact at the Viola, scoring five league goals in 37 games in his first season and providing 11 assists as the team qualified to the Europa League. He scored his first goal in 2013–14 on 15 September in a 1–1 home draw against Cagliari, and, on 2 November, contributed to a 2–0 success at Milan; subsequently, he was named in's Serie A Team of the Season.

International career

Valero represented the Spain under-19 team at the 2004 European championships. In the final, against Turkey, he entered the match as an 85th-minute substitute and, two minutes into stoppage time, scored the only goal of the game.

On 4 June 2011 Valero made his debut for the full side, against the United States in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He replaced David Silva in the second half, and assisted Fernando Torres in the last goal.

Club statistics

As of 26 May 2015

1In West Bromwich Albion, includes FA Cup and Football League Cup.


  • Coppa Italia: Runner-up 2013–14
  • Country

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2004
  • Individual

  • Spanish Player of the Year: 2010
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2012–13
  • UEFA Europa League: Squad of the season 2013–14, 2014–15
  • References

    Borja Valero Wikipedia