Gaizka Mendieta was the emblem of a Valencia CF team who finished runner-ups in the European Champions League final. He won the UEFA Best Midfielder of the Year award  1999-2000 and in 2000-2001

Also named best La Liga player of the 1999-2000 season, he scored some of the greatest and most memorable goals in Valencia CF recent history. His arms lifted the two trophies, the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) and the Spanish Super Cup, which marked the beginning of one of the most brilliant periods in the hisotry of the club.