Ter Stegen meets 300 games with Barcelona amid criticism and at a bad time

BARCELONA – Marc-André Ter Stegen will reach 300 official matches with Barcelona this Tuesday, which he arrived in the summer of 2014 as a bet by Andoni Zubizarreta to succeed Víctor Valdés, and will fulfill the anniversary by going through his worst personal moment, sportingly, since his signing.

The German goalkeeper is being this season one of the most criticized players in the squad, noted in several goals conceded by the team and having lost much of the confidence of a hobby that until not so long ago considered him indisputable.

In fact, the 29-year-old German goalkeeper continues to be held as non-negotiable in the club’s offices, not responding to all the criticism he has endured in recent months.

Last Saturday’s duel against Elche was the last in which he was directly signaled by the rival’s goals, adding to performances between discreet and mediocre against Osasuna, Celta, Real Madrid, Atlético, Bayern Munich or Benfica, having conceded 27 goals in the 21 games played this season to add a total of 299 goals conceded in 299 games, an average goal per game.


Under a contract with the Barça club until June 2025 (he renewed in October 2020 including a salary adjustment in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic), Ter Stegen was hired by Barça in the summer of 2014, paying 12 million euros to Borussia for his transfer Mönchengladbach when he was considered one of the greatest promises of German football, called to succeed a Manuel Neuer with whom he maintains a shocking relationship in the selection.

After two seasons of difficult rotations with Chilean Claudio Bravo, whom the club signed the same year at the express wish of Luis Enrique, from the 2016-17 season, with Bravo’s departure to Manchester City, Ter Stegen became indisputable. Neither Jasper Cillessen first or Neto later ever questioned the ownership of the German, whom there were those who came to consider not only the ideal successor of Víctor Valdés, but, even more, the best goalkeeper in the history of the Barça club, a statement so Bold as, it has been shown, not very certain despite her excellent career, in general, at the Camp Nou.


Ter Stegen, who collects 14 titles with Barça: four Leagues (2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19), five King’s Cups (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017- 18 and 2020-21) and a Champions League (2014-15), in addition to two Spanish Super Cups, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup, he will be the third goalkeeper in the club’s history to reach 300 games, in a list headed by the eternal Víctor Valdés, who reached 535.

Equaling Luis Enrique and Albert Ferrer in Seville, the German goal keeps ahead in terms of goalkeepers (in addition to Valdés), Salvador Sadurní (who between 1961 and 1976 played 332 games), Antoni Ramallets (387 games between 1947 and 1961) and Andoni Zubizarreta (who added 410 games for Barça between 1986 and 1994).