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David Villa
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New York City
David
Villa

Attacker

Date of Birth
Dec 03, 1981
Place of Birth
Tuilla, Spain
Nationality
Spain
Height
175 cm
Weight
69 kg

Bio

David Villa was born in Langreo, Asturias on 3 December 1981. Although he primarily plays in a central striker role, he is also able to function as a winger when required. A prolific goalscorer at both club and international level, he is widely regarded as one of the top strikers of his generation and one of the greatest Spanish footballers of all time.

Having played youth team football with UP Langreo from 1991, Villa signed for another of the local clubs, Sporting de Gijón, in 1999 and made his debut for the first team during the 2000-01 season. In both 2001-02 and 2002-03, he scored 20 goals in all competitions and earned a move to Real Zaragoza. Over the course of the next two seasons, he displayed a similar level of goalscoring prowess and helped the team to win the 2003-04 Copa del Rey. The summer of 2005 saw him complete a move to Valencia.

Villa's first season with his new club was a success, as he scored 28 goals in all competitions and received the Don Balón Award for Spanish Player of the Year. In 2007-08, he helped Valencia to win the Copa del Rey and in 2008-09, he reached 30 goals in all competitions for the first time in his career. During the summer transfer window of 2010, Villa signed for Barcelona for a fee of €40 million.

Throughout his three seasons with Barcelona, Villa won many major honours, including two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey, the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League and the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup. At this time, he was often deployed as a winger, with Lionel Messi operating as the preferred central striker in a three-man attack. However, he missed the vast majority of the 2011-12 season through injury. After returning to action, he struggled to re-establish himself in the side and subsequently moved to Atlético Madrid prior to the 2013-14 campaign.

Villa made his first appearance for Spain's senior team in 2005 and played a major role in them winning both the 2008 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. He was included in the Team of the Tournament on both occasions and won the Euro 2008 Golden Boot. In 2011, he officially replaced Raúl as Spain's top goalscorer ever, but he was forced to miss his country's Euro 2012 success due to his injury.

Headlines

Villa backs Lampard's Manchester stay

Villa backs Lampard's Manchester stay

by Football News

New York City star David Villa is unfazed by Frank Lampard remaining on loan at Manchester City, but admits in an ideal world the Englishman would be with the MLS outfit... Read more

Villa scores as New York City kick off with a win

Villa scores as New York City kick off with a win

by Football News

Over 3,000 miles from home, 864 days since they were founded and after one of Major League Soccer's most controversial transfers, New York City finally kicked into action with a 2-0 win against St Mirren on Tuesday... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2015
Major League Soccer
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014/2015
A-League
312 4 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
2013/2014
Primera Division
2416 36 32 4 25 5 13 3 0 0
2012/2013
Primera Division
1417 28 17 11 12 17 10 1 0 0
2011/2012
Primera Division
888 15 8 7 1 8 5 1 0 0
2010/2011
Primera Division
2767 34 32 2 16 3 18 3 0 1
2009/2010
Primera Division
2710 32 31 1 6 2 21 4 0 0
2008/2009
Primera Division
2886 33 33 0 5 0 28 6 1 1
2007/2008
Primera Division
2064 28 26 2 13 2 18 2 1 2
2006/2007
Primera Division
2934 36 35 1 14 1 16 9 0 0
2005/2006
Primera Division
3009 37 35 2 18 2 25 4 0 1
2004/2005
Primera Division
2807 35 32 3 8 3 15 9 0 0
2003/2004
Primera Division
3303 38 38 0 9 0 17 3 0 0
2002/2003
Segunda División
0 39 39 0 0 0 20 0 0 0
2001/2002
Segunda División
0 40 40 0 0 0 18 0 0 0
2000/2001
Segunda División
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 27513 436 402 34 127 44 226 45 2 5

Transfers & Loans

2014
30 Sep
Loan
2014
30 Jun
Transfer
2013
8 Jul
€ 5,100,000
2010
30 Jun
€ 40,000,000
2005
30 Jun
€ 12,000,000
2003
30 Jun
€ 3,000,000

Games Played

Date Match  
23 Jun 2014 0 3 1 0 0
18 Jun 2014 0 2 0 0 0
13 Jun 2014 1 5 0 0 0