Carlos Valderrama : biography
|France||League||Coupe de France||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Total|
|1990–91||Real Valladolid||La Liga||17||1|
|1996||Tampa Bay Mutiny||Major League Soccer||23||4|
|1998||Miami Fusion||Major League Soccer||18||2|
|1999||Tampa Bay Mutiny||Major League Soccer||27||3|
|2001||Colorado Rapids||Major League Soccer||12||0|
Retirement as player
In February 2004, Valderrama ended his 22-year career in a tribute match at the Metropolitan stadium of Barranquilla, with some of the most important football players of South America, such as Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli and José Luis Chilavert.
Valderrama has since become assistant manager of Atlético Junior. On November 1, 2007, Valderrama accused a referee of corruption by waving cash in the face of Oscar Julian Ruiz when the official awarded a penalty to América de Cali. Junior lost the match 4–1, which ended the club’s hopes of playoff qualification.AP (2007), , USA Today, 1 November 2007, usatoday.com. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
Valderrama is married and has three children. Valderrama was the only Colombian to feature in FIFA’s 125 Top Living Football Players list in March 2004. He is currently a coach for a football soccer academy in Clearwater, Florida.
Valderrama began his career at Unión Magdalena of the Colombian First Division in 1981. He also played for Millonarios and Deportivo Cali before joining Montpellier of the French First Division in 1988. He then went on to play for Independiente Medellín and then Atlético Junior, for whom he won the Colombian championship in 1993 and 1995. In 1996, he went to the US to play for the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1996–97, 2000–01), Miami Fusion (1998–99), and Colorado Rapids (2001–02). While a member of the Mutiny, the team would sell Carlos Valderrama wigs at Tampa Stadium. In Major League Soccer, Valderrama scored relatively few goals (16) for a midfielder, but is the league’s second all-time leader in assists (114) after Steve Ralston (121), a former teammate. In 2005, he was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI. He was also named one of the top players of the 20th century by Pelé in 1999.FIFA 100
As a player, Valderrama was known for his excellent field vision and elegance on the ball. He captained Colombia’s national football team to victory in the 1994 Fifa World Cup CONMEBOL qualifiers. He always wore the number 10 jersey, and was a free kick specialist.