Ronaldo and Messi will be glad on the exit of La Liga keeper

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, and Antoine Griezmann will all be excited when they confirmed the news that penalty-saving super Diego Alves will be leaving Valencia and returning home to Brazil to join Flamengo.


Diego Alves spent ten years in Spain, he spent Four years in Spain and he spent six years with Valencia.

He has denied most of the super stars he faced on a penalty kick, especially high-profile players ranging from the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann, Diego Costa, Carlos Vela, Ivan Rakitic, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Bacca and Frederic Kanoute.

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The Brazil international broke the longstanding La Liga record of 17 penalty saves, set by former Spain, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta when he saved an effort from Leganes' Alexander Szymanowski.

The Brazilian keeper has denied Ronaldo three times out of four spots kicks.

Alves has been spectacular when it comes to saving penalty kicks as he has stopped 24 of the 50 penalties he faced with one going wide and another hitting the crossbar.

His 47 percent success record is way, way ahead of anyone else in La Liga history.

The closest is former Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao keeper Vicente Biurrun (coincidentally another Brazilian) who had a 28 percent ratio, closely followed by ex-Sevilla stopper Andres Palop with 27 percent.

"It is a bit about intuition," Alves said. "I always see it as a psychological war. There is no specific work for it.

It is a moment in the game when nerves come into it. You have to try and win that war."

A summary of Alves' up and down time in Spain came in the La Liga game against Atletico Madrid last October when he saved penalties from both Griezmann and Gabi, but his team still lost 2-0 at home.

"I don't care about the saves," he said on Spanish TV after that game.

"I always say when penalties saved help the team to win I'm happy, but not when we lose."

Alves has always been a tormentor to both Ronaldo and Messi once they stand before him for a spot kick. If they face the Brazilian goalkeeper in the coming World Cup it will be a great threat to both players.

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