David Villa: El Guaje of Spain

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A Spanish International who has been a tremendous striker of the ball throughout his career. A prolific goalscorer, regarded by pundits as one of the best forwards of his generation, and one of the best Spanish strikers of all-time. David Villa who turns 36 today.

Early Life :

Villa was born in Tuilla, a small parish in Langreo, Asturias, a region in northern Spain, the son of José Manuel Villa, a miner. When Villa was four, his chances of becoming a footballer were put in jeopardy when he suffered a fracture to the femur in his right leg, but he made a complete recovery. Due to the injury, he and his father worked on strengthening his left leg and Villa ultimately became ambidextrous.
David’s youth career began in 1991 when he joined the Lada Langreo C.F. academy. During 8 years he was one of the academy’s best students scoring more than other young forwards.

Career :

In 1999, David Villa was offered to join Sporting de Gijón. The young forward signed a professional contract with the club but initially joined the club’s reserve team. It was not a bad thing for Villa as being determined the young footballer was ready for great accomplishments in future. During the two years in the club’s reserve squad David played 65 matches and scored 25 goals.
In 2001, the club’s head coach included the talented forward in his team and the young scorer continued to threaten the opponent’s wellbeing having scored 38 goals in 80 matches in 2001-2003.
In 2003, David joined Real Zaragoza from La Liga. During two seasons Villa became the club’s best scorer. He scored 32 goals in 73 La Liga and Copa del Rey matches.
David’s successful displays drew the attention of Valencia CF to him and they were prepared to pay any money for the player to get him. The figures were never announced but according to unconfirmed information the transfer cost more than 15 mln euros. Since 2005 David Villa has been one of the key players of the club’s main squad. He became part of the club’s history after scoring 108 goals in 166 matches over 5 years.
In 2010, David’s career soared to a completely new level. He got an offer from FC Barcelona – La Liga champion and winner of the 2008-2009 UEFA Champions League. The Catalan club paid 40 mln euros for David and raised his salary to equal 7 mln euros a year. David was the club’s main forward. During a three-year spell with Barcelona Villa made 116 appearances and scored 48 goals in all tournaments.
In 2013 the forward completed a move to Atletico Madrid and helped them win La Liga and reach the Champions league final.
In 2014 the 32-year old player signed for a new MLS franchise New York City but first went on loan to fellow Manchester City owned club, Melbourne City.
In 2000-2003, David played several matches for the Spain U-23 national team. And since 2005 he has played for the Spain national team having made almost 100 appearances and scored 56 goals as of 2014.

Style of play :

An opportunistic, versatile and well-rounded player, Villa is naturally right-footed, but an accurate and powerful finisher with either foot, due to his ambidexterity, both inside and outside the area, despite his lack of height or physicality; he is also a set piece and penalty kick specialist. Villa is a quick, agile, and mobile team player, with excellent technique and dribbling skills, who is also known for his work-rate and intelligent offensive movement, as well as his ability to either create space for teammates or make attacking runs into the area.

Personal Life :

In 2003, Villa married his childhood sweetheart Patricia González, who had also been a footballer in her teenage years. Together they have three children: Zaida, Olaya — named after the wife of Fernando Torres, who is a close friend of Patricia — and Luca The names of his children are engraved on his personalised Adidas F50 boots; while one boot bears the Spanish flag, the other has the flag of Asturias.

Achievements :

Real Zaragoza :
Copa del Rey: 2003–04
Supercopa de España: 2004

Valencia :
Copa del Rey: 2007–08

 Barcelona :
La Liga: 2010–11, 2012–13
Copa del Rey: 2011–12
Supercopa de España: 2010, 2011
UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
UEFA Super Cup: 2011
FIFA Club World Cup: 2011

Atlético Madrid :
La Liga: 2013–14

International :

Spain :
FIFA World Cup: 2010
UEFA European Championship: 2008

Individual :

Spanish Player of the Year: 2005–06
Zarra Trophy: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
La Liga Assist Leader: 2006–07
UEFA Euro 2008 Golden Boot
UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Team of the Tournament.
2010 FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe
2010 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball
2010 FIFA World Cup Dream Team
USSA Male Athlete of the Year: 2010
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 2010
UEFA Team of the Year: 2010
MLS Player of the Week 2015: Week 2, Week 15
MLS All-Star: 2015, 2016, 2017
NYCFC Goal of the Year: 2015
NYCFC Offensive Player of the Year: 2016
MLS MVP: 2016

Valencia Top Scorer: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
La Liga’s Top Assisting Player: 2006–07
Spain all-time top scorer: 59 goals
Spain’s all-time top scorer in FIFA World Cup matches
Most goals scored in one World Cup (by a Spanish international): 5
Most goals scored in one calendar year (by a Spanish international): 12 (2008, 2009)
Named in the MLS Best XI in 2016 and 2017

“Villa is not only there to finish plays. Villa is synonymous with depth. It means always being ready to open passing lanes, to draw defenders and thus freeing space for others.”
–Johan Cruyff, three time Ballon d’Or winner.

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