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David Villa Sánchez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker and is the captain for New York City FC. He is nicknamed El Guaje (The Kid in Asturian) since as a child he often played football with children much older than him.
Regardless of sustaining a serious injury as a child, Villa started his professional career with Sporting de Gijón. He transferred to Real Zaragoza after two seasons, where he made his La Liga debut, winning the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. He joined Valencia CF in 2005 for a transfer charge of EUR12 million and was part of the Valencia team that won the Copa del Rey in the 2007– 08 season. Villa hit his La Liga goalscoring peak while at Valencia, scoring 28 league goals in the 2008– 09 season. In 2010, he transferred to FC Barcelona for EUR40 million, where he won his first La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles. He was among the goalscorers in the 2011 final of the Champions League as Barcelona beat Manchester United, 3– 1. After a EUR5.1 million transfer, he spent the 2013– 14 season at Atlético Madrid, winning another La Liga title prior to leaving to play for New York City.
Villa made his global debut for Spain in 2005. He has actually since taken part in four significant competitions, ending up being an integral member of the Spain teams that won UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored 3 goals at the 2006 World Cup, was the leading scorer at Euro 2008 and earned the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup. He is the first Spanish player to ever reach 50 global goals and retired from internationals after the 2014 World Cup with 59 in 97 matches, making him Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer as well as the country’s leading scorer worldwide Cup, with 9 goals.
A prolific goalscorer, Villa is regarded by experts as one of the best forwards of his generation, and among the very best Spanish strikers of all-time. An opportunistic, versatile and well-rounded player, Villa is naturally right-footed, however a precise and effective finisher with either foot, due to his ambidexterity, both inside and outside the area, regardless of his absence of height or physicality; he is also a set piece and penalty kick expert. Villa is a quick, agile, and mobile team player, with excellent technique and dribbling abilities, who is also known for his work-rate and smart offensive motion, in addition to his ability to either develop space for colleagues or make assaulting runs into the area. Due to his vision and passing ability, he is also efficient in dropping deep to link up have fun with midfielders, and of creating chances and supplying assists for teammates, which has allowed him to be released as a supporting forward, as an assaulting midfielder or as a winger throughout his career, in addition to his more common role as a centre-forward.