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David Villa is indisputably one of the most important strikers in the history of Spanish football. World and European champion with the national team, ‘El Guaje’, who is currently taking the last steps of his career at the Japanese club Vissel Kobe with almost 38 years of age, announced that he will leave football at the end of the year. "I wanted to leave football before football leaves me," said the Asturian scorer in a farewell press conference in which his teammate Andrés Iniesta was present.
After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season. Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career. Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me. pic.twitter.com/E82vb3tNwT— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) November 13, 2019
Villa's career began 19 years ago, and since then he hasn't stopped scoring goals in the four continents where he has developed his football. His first club was Sporting de Gijón, where he left 41 strikes before moving to Zaragoza, where he began to attract the attention of the most powerful clubs with another 38 goals and his first titles, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup. From there he went to his consecration club, Valencia, where he won another Copa del Rey and scored a whopping 129 goals, which allowed him to sign for Barcelona. There he would live his most prolific stage in terms of titles, adding to his record two leagues, a Champions League, a Club World Cup, two European Super Cups and another Spanish Super Cup, in addition to his third Cup title and a total of 48 goals.
His last team in the Spanish league was Atlético de Madrid, where with 15 goals he would get a new league title before embarking on new challenges away from home. The first and short-lived was in Australia in the ranks of Melbourne City, and then he spent five years in the United States with New York City FC, where he stood out as one of the best players in the championship and where he left a gift of 126 goals. Finally, his friend Iniesta recruited him for the Japanese project of Vissel Kobe, where he has already scored 22 goals and where he is expected to add some more before the end of the year, when a real dream career will get to an end. A total of 365 goals that leave him forever as an historic striker, and that keep Villa for example as the top scorer in the history of the Spanish team with 59 strikes.
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“It is a very thoughtful decision and I have decided that this is the perfect moment. From now on I will have time to devote myself to other things,” Villa said about a future that will surely find him closer to his family and at the head of exciting projects, after the confirmation a few days ago of his leadership in the creation of a new club in New York City, Queensboro FC, which he will own.
In his farewell, Villa reviewed some of the most important moments of his career, as his favorite memory: "The happiest moment of my career was the World Cup final, without any doubt," or his fulfilled dream: "Since childhood I dreamed to see a Spanish player lifting the World Cup, even if it wasn't me, and I was lucky enough to achieve it." He also remembered his best strike: "My favorite goal was in Wembley in the Champions League final with Barça against United", or the coach who left a mark in him: "All my coaches have influenced my career, but Luis Aragonés was the one who gave me the most out of the field."
His 19 years as a professional contemplate him with the tranquility of the duty fulfilled, and Villa leaves a mark in Spanish and world football that will be impossible to forget. Along with a golden generation that included big names that in recent times have also said goodbye to football, such as Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernández or Carles Puyol among many others, 'El Guaje' says goodbye leaving the goal as an indelible memory.
Some legends of the game have retired from football in 2019 pic.twitter.com/RVOXkjLyE4— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 13, 2019
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