David Villa bids goodbye to the world of football.
Spain’s all-time top scorer will retire from football at the end of the Japanese top flight season after playing the last match for Vissel Kobe.
Sharing this news on Instagram, David penned down a heartfelt note. He wrote, “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season. 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.”
The 37 year-old held a press conference as well to address his retirement.
Starting his career with Sporting Gijon in 2001, he has played for Real Zaragoza, Valencia, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. In 2014, he joined Major League Soccer side in New York City, USA.
David has two La Liga titles under his name, one with FC Barcelona and one with Atletico Madrid. Lifting the 2011 Champions League title with the Catalans, he scored a goal to win over Manchester United. The striker has won the 2008 European Championships with Spain and the 2010 World Cup. Retired from international football in 2014, till date David Villa is Spain’s record goalscorer with 59 goals in 97 games.
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