Former Spain star Villa to retire at end of season

David Villa celebrates winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer David Villa, has announced he will retire from playing football at the end of the Japanese first division football season, the player said on Wednesday.

Villa played for several Spanish clubs such as Real Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as well as the Spanish national team.

Villa, 37, currently plays fro J1 League side Vissel Kobe in Japan.

David Villa announcing his retirement

“After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season,” the EURO 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup winner said in a tweet.

“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,” Villa added.

Villa won the Spanish La Liga 3 times, won 3 Copa del Rey trophies, 1 Uefa Champions League title, 1 European championship, and 1 World Cup title.

The Spanish football veteran won the UEFA Champions League in 2011, while he was a Barcelona player.

Villa scored 59 goals in 98 international matches for Spain. He also netted 324 goals in 638 club appearances.


Chidi Nwoke.