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Farewell, Guðjón Valur: Iceland’s All-Time Top Scorer Retires

By Ragnar Tómas

Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson Icelandic handball player
Photo: Golli.

Icelandic handball player Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson has announced his retirement from the sport. Guðjón Valur, who will turn 41 this fall, concludes his career with Paris Saint Germain.

A long and illustrious career

Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson was born on August 8, 1979. He began his career with Grótta in Seltjarnarnes, before moving north to Akureyri and joining KA. He played his first match with the national handball team in December 1999. Guðjón Valur went on to play for seven clubs in four countries, among them Rhein-Neckar Löwen, AG København, and FC Barcelona Lassa. He won his first Champions League title in 2015 with Barcelona. He joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.

For over three decades, Guðjón Valur has enjoyed a remarkable career with Iceland’s national team. He has participated in ten Euros, eight World Cups, and three Olympics. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2010 EHF Euro.

Yesterday, Guðjón Valur announced his retirement on Instagram: “Well, it’s come to that time in my career that all athletes reach eventually. After 25 years at the senior level and 21 years in the national team, I’ve decided to retire … I would like to thank all those who have stood by me through thick and thin.”

All-time top scorer

Guðjón Valur is Iceland’s all-time top scorer. He scored a total of 1,879 goals in 365 games, which also makes him highest-scoring handball player in the history of international competition. Guðjón Valur is also the EHF’s Euro’s all-time top scorer. He was the highest-scoring player at the 2007 World Cup, as well.

“One just wants to be a good person”

Iceland Review spoke to Guðjón Valur earlier this year, in the lead-up to the 2020 European Men’s Handball Championship. Asked to speculate upon his legacy, Guðjón Valur told IR that it was for others to judge: “I just hope that I leave as few people disappointed as possible. As time goes by, one just wants to be a good person. To make good decisions. I don’t worry about the handball so much; so long as one works hard, it’ll be fine.”

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