David Villa

The lovers of football players would already know this one, now he is bolstering FC Barcelona David Villa Sánchez  is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker.

Despite sustaining a serious injury as a child, he started his professional career with Sporting de Gijón. He moved to Real Zaragoza after two seasons, where he made his La Liga gait, winning his first senior honours the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. He joined Valencia CF in 2005 for a transfer fee of €12 million and was part of the Valencia team that won the Copa del Rey in the 2007–08 season. In 2010 he moved to FC Barcelona for €40 million where he won his first La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles.

Villa made his international gait in 2005. He has since participated in three major tournaments, becoming an integral member of the Spain teams that won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. He scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup, was the top scorer at Euro 2008 and earned the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup. He is the first Spanish player to ever reach 50 international goals and is Spain's all-time top goalscorer, having has also scored more World Cup goals than any other player in Spain's history in the process. The goals-to-games ratio he has achieved for the national team has not been matched by any player since Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Personal information
Full name : David Villa Sánchez
Date of birth : 3 December 1981 (age 30)
Place of birth : Langreo, Spain
Height : 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position : Striker

Club information
Current club : Barcelona
Number :7

Early Career
Villa was born in Tuilla, a small village in Langreo, Asturias, a region in northern Spain, the son of José Manuel Villa, miners. When Villa was four, his chances to be a football player who put in danger when he suffered a fracture to the femur in his right leg, but made ​​a complete recovery Because of injuries, he and his father worked on strengthening his left leg and Villa finally become ambidextrous. . he remembers his father has consistently supported: "He would throw me there is a ball again and again, making me kick with my left leg when my right hand in plaster after breaking it, I was four I can barely remember when I was a single training session.'s father no I was never alone on the football field .. "

Villa admitted that he came close to giving up football at age 14 after growing disillusioned and fell with his coach. However, thanks to the encouragement of his parents, he continued to pursue his dream, he realized his talent can get a life. "In those days I was a nobody, do not get a dime and when made ​​to sit on the bench all season, I just want to go and play with my friends" he said. "But my dad always supported me and comforted me through my career turned around." He went on to start a football career at UP Langreo and when he turned 17 he joined the school football Mareo.

Club Career

Sporting de Gijon and Real Zaragoza

Villa draw interest from teams Asturian many, but one of the larger provincial team, Real Oviedo, stating that he was too short and That They do not believe that it has considerable potential. He then got his professional breakthrough at a local club Sporting de Gijón, The Imitation of his childhood idol Quini. Beginning in the youth team ranks, he made first team debut in the 2000-01 season. After scoring 25 goals in two seasons, he had become first-team regular. Pepe Acebal, manager of Sporting Gijon at the time, said that initially did not have the stamina for it Villa have a real impact and should be given the opportunity piecemeal Villa And that capacity to work is "unmatched.

Almost Reach the goal with a tally of 40 goals after spending two full seasons at Gijón's main team, Villa finally got a chance in the top flight Spanish speakers Sporting is in financial difficulty and newly promoted Real Zaragoza signed him for around € 3 million in the summer of 2003. Striker Is not it difficult to adapt to playing at a higher level, netting 17 times in his first season at Zaragoza. His league debut came during the first game since his arrival Zaragoza La Liga where teams were the resource persons away from home 1-0 defeat at the hands of Deportivo de La Coruña Galician side while his first goal two games later come, an eighth minute goal against Real Murcia 2 - 0, Zaragoza are prepared in a match that ended 3-0. December 4, 2003 saw him net the first buffer (two goals) in a 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao and on April 25, 2004, David Villa scored a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw against Sevilla Villa tight score which saw all four Zaragoza goal, putting his team ahead at the two events.

Zaragoza reach the Copa del Rey final 2004 where he played a major role in the team's victory, scoring important goals to put the clothes Aragon 2-1 against Real Madrid in a match that eventually ended 3-2. Soon after he received his first international call-ups and close the resulting fan Zaragoza Being very proud of accomplishments, they create a football chant "illa illa illa, Villa Maravilla" which is a play on the word "Villa" and "Maravilla" which is as " miracle ", but it can also mean" beautiful "or" large "in that context. After the victory of Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey, They are the informants were given a place in the UEFA Cup 2004-05; this is the first time Villa play in European competition.

In the opening group match against a team of Utrecht, Villa scored a goal in the dying minutes of the game which ended 2-0 in Zaragoza support. In the last 16, Zaragoza face Austria Win. The first leg ended 1-1, Villa scored a goal in the second leg, however, the match ended 2-2 with a view of the Vienna team went through to the next stage on the away goals rule. Meanwhile, in La Liga, Villa fans are very enthusiastic Zaragoza on 23 September 2004 by putting up a team 1-0 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, but it does not become like Barcelona Coming back to win the match 4-1. On April 17, 2005, Villa scored a brace which helped see from Sevilla with a 3-0 victory.


2005-2006 season
After success in Zaragoza, the team was in need of money, as a result, Villa made huge strides to one of Spanish football heavyweights, as the new look Valencia under Quique Sánchez Flores in parting with € 12 million to secure his services in the summer of 2005 During the match Valencia's first shirt, an Intertoto Cup match. KAA Gent of Belgium clothing, Villa scored the first goal in a match which Valencia won 2-0. The next match will see the previous team, Real Zaragoza, 2-1 lead for most of the match, however, in the 81st minute, Villa came as a late substitute Ruben Baraja and scored the equalizer in the space of one minute, Valencia get a point as the game ended 2 -2.

On September 21, Villa Valencia will once again save the important point to net a brace against Barcelona at Camp Nou, is really giving his team the lead at one point after the opening of Víctor Valdés' Villa rebounded from his back and into the net. On October 23, Villa scored another victory against the Spanish giants, Real Madrid this time at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and will once again score against Barcelona, on February 12, 2006, his goal proved enough to secure all three points in a victory -0. Valencia won 3-0 games. That season saw him score 25 goals in 35 league matches for Valencia, finish one goal behind the leagues top scorer Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona. Villa's goal tally is the best year of any player has ever achieved Valencia since Edmundo Suarez more than 60 years before the.

2006-2007 season

Among them, Villa and Morientes netted 43 goals in all competitions that year also saw Villa debut in the Champions League;. Crucial goal against Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk helped Valencia qualify for the knock out stage where they face Inter Milan. Villa scored a free kick in the first leg away from home, while one of Inter's defenders complain that Villa had "made us look like idiots, all by yourself". Valencia advanced to the quarter-finals where they face Chelsea. Villa appeared in two games but failed to make the score sheet.

2007-2008 season
2007-08 season is not easy for Villa or for his teammates. In Koeman, Villa managed to see the back of the net 18 times in his 26 appearances. He also won his first professional trophy spell Valencia, winning the Copa del Rey for the second time in his career, beating Barcelona 3-2 in the semi-finals and then Getafe CF 3-1 in the final.

That season, Villa once again sees itself playing Champions League football. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Schalke 04 and continue to put Valencia 1-0 against Chelsea, however, goals from Joe Cole and Didier Drogba saw Valencia lost 2-1. Valencia finished bottom of group and eliminated. On the 100th league appearance for Valencia, Villa scored a hat-trick against Levante; league goals to 54, 55 and 56 for the club. Two goals in the last day of the season against Atletico Madrid completed the tally of 18 goals the season.

2008-2009 season
After finishing as top scorer at Euro 2008, Villa continues to shape into the 2008-09 season where he scored the first goal in a 3-0 win against Mallorca in what was the opening game this season. "In October 2008, Kaká praised Villa, speaking to Canal +, he claimed that Villa was "the best Spanish player" adding that "The player with whom I most want to play is David Villa from Valencia."

Valencia finished second in their UEFA Cup group, however, Villa does not appear to be sub-heavy and often unused or sub too late. He scored a late winning goal against Maritimo and is used in the Round of 32 against Dynamo Kyiv, however, he did not make the score sheet. Pressing scored a consistent form during mid-season, he scored a goal against Deportivo de la Coruña, however, he was sent off during the game after a second yellow card, which was accepted for a foul on Daniel Aranzubia and as a result missed the next match against Valencia Real Valladolid, Valencia lost 2-1 games at home.

The goal against Villarreal took his tally to 26, he then scored another two against Athletic Bilbao after finishing with 28 goals last game this season, so matching the record set by Mario Kempes of Argentina and Montenegro Predrag Mijatovic, who also scored 28 goals in Valencia shirt in the year 1978, and 1996 respectively. Deflated to achieve his goal of 28 goals in 34 games, while Mijatovic achieved in 40, finally saw Villa beat their percentage, when he reached 28 goals in 33 games, recording 0.84 goals goals per game ratio. Season which saw Villa's best season in Valencia as far as scoring is concerned.

With the season over Villa has marked the fourth year in Valencia, with only Eto'o scored more than him at that time. Villa also ended the season as the third highest scorer in La Liga with 28 goals total, just behind Samuel Eto'o and Diego Forlan. After recording the best goal tally for the Valencia player in 60 years back in the 2005-06 season, he went three better in the 2008-09 season. The purpose league 28 plus 3 more in other competitions that season, the accumulated total of 101 goals in 180 official matches with Valencia outfit.

2009-2010 season
There is no train missed because everything I've achieved is because of Valencia and the Spanish national team. On August 20, 2009, Villa scored the first official match of the season, a 3-0 UEFA Europa League qualifer against Stabæk. He followed this with two goals against Real Valladolid on 13 September, this was Villa's first league goal 2009-10 season. He scored two goals over a week later against former club Sporting Gijon 2-2 at the Mestalla where he performed duties as team captain.

On October 18, Villa was nominated for the Ballon D'Or, while almost two weeks later, on October 30, he was nominated for the FIFA World Player Of The Year After three league games without scoring., Contributing two goals Villa 4-1 victory to Valencia against Villarreal on January 17, 2010, the first of two goals to 100 league goals in Valencia. Villa scored a hat-trick, his third goal into the record, which was fired at from eight yards out. The match ended 4-4, while Valencia continued to the next round on away goals On May 4, 2010, Valencia play Xerez, Villa did not start, but came as a substitute 62 minutes into the match, which ended 3. Valencia still have two more matches to play in the league, however, Villa is not a feature, making the game against Xerez last time he played for Valencia.


2010-2011 season
On May 19, 2010, FC Barcelona reached and agreement with Valencia, for the acquisition of the Villa to cost € 40,000,000. Villa signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, ​​with an option for a fifth, worth a reported € 7 million per season, and thus, managed to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Luis Enrique and Quini, both, like Villa, started out at Sporting Gijon and ending in Barcelona. On May 21, 2010, more than 35,000 supporters packed into Nou Camp to see the presentations Villa, where he reveals Barcelona kit will use during the 2010-11 season.

He was given his favorite number seven, a number that has been free at the club since Eidur Gudjohnsen left in 2009. She made her first appearance for the club in the second leg of the Supercopa de España, during the second half as a replacement for fellow Spanish international, Pedro Rodríguez. His debut appearance will also see him win the first piece of silver-ware with the side of Catalonia, while Barcelona won 5-3 on aggregate due to a hat-trick by team-mate Lionel Messi scored his first. Came during the Joan Gamper Trophy (an annual friendly competition) against Milan. Barcelona won 3-1 on penalties (after the match finished 1-1 during the normal time).

On August 29, 2010, Villa made his La Liga debut against Racing de Santander to Barcelona, ​​where he scored the third goal the game to help seal a 3-0 victory on 14 September 2010., Villa scored a goal in his Champions League debut with Barcelona in a 5-1 win over Panathinaikos FC

Against Sevilla, on October 31, 2010, Barcelona won 5-0 against the Andalusians, while Villa netted a brace. His first goal of the match voted "Best goal of this Sunday (October 25 to 31)" by the readers of Goal.com. First Villa "El Clásico" came on November 29, 2010, he scored two goals as Barcelona won 5-0 at the Nou Camp. Speaking of that game, he commented that, "This is a very important victory We are looking for a victory and we get it .. And the result and the way in which we achieve that, you can not ask for more" .. He then scored a goal against Real Sociedad, a game Barcelona won 5-0. He followed with a brace against RCD Espanyol Barcelona took the win 1-5.

On December 27, 2010, Villa was named "Male Athlete of the Year" by the United States Sports Academy, as he edged fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal and previous winner of Manny Pacquiao for the title.

On May 28, 2010, Villa scored the third goal - curving the ball into the goal from 25 yards out - in Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League 2010-11 League Final After the victory, Villa. said that he wanted to dedicate the victory "for all my family, my children and also Pepe Reina, who like my nephew.

2011-2012 season

Villa started the season with goals against C.D. Guadalajara and Club América in the pre-season friendly matches. The first official match of the season against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Supercopa de España 2011 where Villa scored a "world class" goal, to help Barcelona seal a tie 2-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, while on August 17, 2011, Villa was sent off in the time-dying during the second leg (which Barcelona won 3-2) after an argument with Mesut Özil. against Osasuna on 17 September 2011, Villa contributed two goals and forced Rovérsio scored an own goal in Barcelona's 8-0 victory over the team from Pamplona. He broke the tibia in the Club World Cup match against Al Sadd in Yokohama. The doctor said he should be absent for six months.

International Career

2006 World Cup
An occasional member of the Under 21 team, Villa marked his international debut under Luis Aragonés on 9 February 2005 in a 2006 World Cup Qualifier where Spain beat San Marino 5-0 at the Estadio del Mediterraneo, while his first international goal in the form of came During a late equalizer of a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Spain's first match at the tournament and Villa's World Cup debut resulted in a 4-0 win against Ukraine where Villa netted a brace,  and also put his nation 1-0 up against France in the Round of 16, although Spain went on to lose the match 3-1. He and Fernando Torres as Spain's top finished with three goals each Scorers.

Euro 2008
Proving Vital in Spain's qualification for Euro 2008, he scored six goals, including a bicycle kick against Liechtenstein . Rested for the next match against Greece, he started once again in the quarter finals where Spain beat Italy 4-2 on Penalties, Villa took the first penalty and scored.

2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup qualification
During Spain's first match qualification for the 2010 World Cup was against Bosnia and Herzegovina where Villa scored the only goal of the game. He would go on to score four goals in Spain's next three games, including a last minute winner against Belgium. Another goal During a friendly match against Chile saw him end the year with 12 goals, breaking Raúl's record of 10 goals held since 1999. Speaking of the goal he said, "I am very happy with the goal.

On 1 June 2009, Vicente del Bosque named Villa in his 23 man squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. In a friendly match before the tournament, Villa scored his second international hat-trick against Azerbaijan, Nearly exactly a year after his hat-trick against Russia at Euro 2008. He debuted at the Confederations Cup with a goal, the last of the five goals in Spain's 5-0 victory over New Zealand,  while in the next game he scored the decisive Iraqi goal against a defensive team. Villa earned his 50th cap During a friendly against the Republic of Macedonian in a match where Spain won 3-2. On 5 September 2009, Villa added two more goals to his goal tally for Spain, while assisting twice During the World Cup qualifier against Belgium, in A Coruña. Villa scored the opening goal in a game the which Spain went on to win 2-0.

2010 World Cup
In a friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 29, 2010, Villa scored the first of Spain's goals as They won 3-2 at the Tivoli Neu - the stadium where he scored his hat-trick against Russia During Euro 2008.  Failing to score in Spain's next match against Korea Republic, he opened the score sheet in Spain's next match against Poland, a match where Poland lost 6-0, recording Their worst defeat in 50 years. The goal would Become his 6th goal in FIFA World Cup matches, Becoming Spain's all time top scorer at the World Cup finals, ahead of Emilio Butragueno, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Morientes and Raúl González, all of Whom have five. Once again, Villa's goal proved to be the difference as the match finished 1-0, while Spain booked a game with Germany in the semi-finals,  where Spain recorded yet another 1-0 victory with the only goal coming from Carles Puyol. Villa was subsequently named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team.

Euro 2012 qualifying
Spain's first match of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying was against Liechtenstein on 3 September 2010, Villa scored the second goal of the match the which eventually ended 4-0. It was believed this goal That Meant That Had he equaled Raúl's record 44-goal tally, however, after many Debates about whether he or Dariusz Dudka scored the first goal in Spain's 6-0 win over Poland, FIFA That eventually decided the goal was indeed an own goal by Dudka, meaning Villa's goal tally would Remain at 43. On 25 March 2011, Villa scored two goals against the Koruna Republic in a Euro 2012 qualifier, the which ultimately handed Spain a 2-1 victory, while at the same time he managed to eclipse Raúl as Spain's all-time leading goalscorer. On 7 September 2011, Villa helped secure Spain's qualification for the UEFA Euro 2012 by scoring two goals in Spain's 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein.

 Personal Life

In 2003 Villa was married to a child lover Patricia González (who was also a footballer in her teenage years). They had a daughter they named Zaida. His name is engraved on his personal Adidas F50, while the boot bears the flag of Spain, the other has the Asturian flag. in 2009, two daughters Olaya was born, named after the wife of Fernando Torres, who was a close friend of Patricia. His football idol is Luis Enrique and Quini.

Villa is often attended charity events. He is actively involved with UNICEF charity campaign. Beginning in July 2008, "David Villa Camp" held every year, where children receive training from professional players. Villa also participated in training sessions with the children. Villa appeared on the box art of Spain for the video game FIFA 07



Real Zaragoza
    Copa del Rey : 1
    Supercopa de España : 1

    Copa del Rey : 1

    La Liga : 1
    UEFA Champions League : 1
    Supercopa de España : 2
        2010, 2011
    UEFA Super Cup : 1
    FIFA Club World Cup : 1


    UEFA European Championship : 1
    FIFA World Cup : 1


    Don Balón Award (Spanish Player of the Year) : 2005-06
    Zarra Trophy: 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10
    UEFA Euro 2008 Golden Boot
    UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament
    Man of the Match Spain vs Russia, Spain vs Sweden Euro 2008
    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
    FIFA World Cup All-Star Team : 2010
    Man of the Match Spain vs Honduras World Cup 2010
    Male Athlete of the Year : 2010
    FIFPro World XI: 2010
    UEFA Team of the Year : 2010

    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 : 49 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)
    Largest streak of games having scored (by a Spanish international) : 6

    Prince of Asturias Awards : 2010
    Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit : 2011

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