31 Aug. 2021
Valentino took his first steps in football at the Austrian club Grazer AK, but finished his formative years and made his senior debut with Red Bull Salzburg (2012/13 to 2017/18), a club where he excelled, where he won 5 Leagues and 4 Austrian Cups and which allowed him to reach the Austrian national team in 2014. In defense of the national colors, the defender was present at the 2020 European Championship.
Valentino's first experience outside his home country was in Germany, at Hertha Berlin (2017/18 to 2018/19). He caught the eye again and Inter Milan signed him. He then moved to Newcastle and Borússia Mönchengladbach before coming to Benfica, always on loan from Inter.
Fast, strong, and technically gifted, Valentino can make the difference, defensively and offensively, on the right flank, giving width and depth to the team.