Ricky Rubio and Spain’s National Basketball Team Say Goodbye to Víctor Claver: Reflecting on Their Best Moments Together

Victor Claver, a Life of Passion and Dedication

Victor Claver, one of the greatest forwards in Spanish basketball, has announced his retirement from professional basketball. The 34-year-old player bid farewell to the sport at the Pre-Olympic Games in Valencia, surrounded by his teammates and friends from the national team, including Ricky Rubio.

A Legacy of Success

Claver’s basketball career was marked by numerous achievements, including Olympic silver in London 2012, bronze in Rio 2016, and a gold medal at the 2019 World Cup. He also won three EuroBasket titles and the 2021 Endesa League championship.

Beyond the Court

Claver’s impact went beyond his impressive on-court achievements. He was a beloved teammate and friend, known for his kind heart and generosity. Sergio Llull, his great friend, praised Claver’s dedication and commitment to the sport. "We have deep conversations that we don’t value at the time and later turn out to be very important," Llull said.

A Special Moment

During his farewell ceremony, Claver burst into tears as he thanked his family, especially his father, who had been a legend in handball in Valencia. Claver chose basketball over handball, and his father was overjoyed to see his son succeed in the sport.

A Tribute to His Teams

Claver paid tribute to his teams, including the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, where he played for several seasons. He also thanked Valencia Basket, which will dedicate a court to him in the Alquería arena.

A Legacy That Will Last

Claver’s retirement marks the end of an excellent sports career, marked by professionalism, commitment, and a deep love for the sport. He will be remembered as one of the greatest players in Spanish basketball history, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of players.

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