Socceroos’ Mat Ryan relishing La Liga challenge

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The thought of it would cause most goalkeepers nightmares, but and now Valencia’s number one Mathew Ryan has waited patiently for the chance to try his hand at stopping the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ryan, 23, has taken an unusual route to arrive at one of the world’s top leagues, having swapped the A-league with Central Coast Mariners for Club Brugges two years ago.

“It was a very nice feeling. I think any young player coming into a team wants to justify himself as quickly as possible and I think that save was a nice confidence booster to feel important within the team,” he told AFP.

“It’s always good to make a save like that where you sort of surprise yourself.”

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