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'Shrek' represents Valencia's future

Plus, Iker Casillas and one of the world's most promising strikers

Updated: October 5, 2011, 2:14 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

He isn't green or fat, he doesn't have a movie franchise and there is no Princess Fiona in his life, but Valencia defender Adil Rami is happy to answer to his nickname, "Shrek." The French-Moroccan will freely admit it's because he eats voraciously and has been known, just occasionally, to belch. Loudly.

Other than that, Rami has far more in common with the Eddie Murphy Donkey character in DreamWorks' long-running series. This is Rami: noisy, permanently optimistic, bubbling ...

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