Former Barcelona and Spanish striker, David Villa has announced his retirement from football, after almost 20-years, and at the age of 37.
David Villa who has won virtually everything in football, both at the national team and club levels, on Wednesday 13th November 2019 announced that he was retiring from the beautiful game of football at the end of the current season (January 2020), due to his age.
The 37-year-old currently plays for a Japanese J1 League side Vissel Kobe, and would form part of the ownership group of Queensboro FC, which has been awarded a professional United Soccer League (USL) franchise debuting in 2021.
He also leads a network of international youth football clubs known as the DV7 Soccer Academy.
“After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season,” Villa wrote on social media.
“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 through good and hard times. It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1st.
“From then on, I will continue to enjoy football through all the projects that we’re currently developing with DV7 group. Thank you for all the love.”
David Villa began his career at Sporting Gijon and also represented Real Zaragoza before a prolific five-year spell with Valencia between 2005-10.
He later joined Barcelona for £34.2million and scored 48 times in 119 games, winning a host of silverware including two La Liga titles and the Champions League before being sold to Atletico Madrid where he added another domestic title in 2013.
Villa spent four years at New York City FC after becoming the club’s maiden signing and had a loan spell at Melbourne City before joining ex-Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe earlier this year.
He was part of the dominant Spain teams that triumphed at both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot outright at one tournament and then narrowly missing out on the award in South Africa.
With 59 strikes in 98 senior international caps, Villa remains Spain’s all-time top goalscorer.