Spain all-time leading scorer David Villa has announced his retirement from football aged 37.
Until his retirement on Wednesday, the striker had been playing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe since the start of the year and confirmed in a press conference that he had chosen to retire at the end of the season, with the J-League still having three games remaining.
Villa enjoyed a terrific professional career spanning 19 years, in which time he played in Spain, Australia, Japan and America.
Villa was a pivotal part of the Spain team which won the 2008 Euros and the 2010 World Cup and scooped the golden boot in the former tournament and finished joint on goals with the Golden Shoe winner from the 2010 World Cup.
In his club career, the Spaniard scored 376 goals in 752 games across with his achievement including winning La Liga twice, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup all with FC Barcelona.
Villa spent four seasons in MLS, scoring 80 goals in 124 games and on Tuesday, Villa confirmed that he had become a lead investor in a new club called Queensboro FC in the USL Championship with the team set to join the USL in 2021.
Important announcement.— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) November 13, 2019
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