Former Spain and Barcelona star, David Villa has announced that he will be hanging his boot at the age of 37year, but before he retires, he wants to feel the smell of victory once more.
National Sportslink learned that Villa who made this known in a press conference on Wednesday confirmed he had chosen to retire at the end of the season, with the J-League still having three games remaining.
The striker said “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time,” Villa said. “This is the result of discussions I had with my family and the people around me. I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football.”
“From then on, I will continue to enjoy football through all the projects that we’re currently developing with the DV7 group. Thank you for all the love.” David Villa has been playing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe since the start of the year but has now announced he will be walking away from the sport.
Villa enjoyed a terrific professional career spanning 19 years, in which time he played in Spain, Australia, Japan, and America. The Spaniard scored 376 goals in 752 games across his club career, as well as a hefty return on the international stage.
He was a part of Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010 and won the Golden Boot as he helped La Roja win the European Championship in 2008. After leaving Barcelona in 2013, where he won two La Liga titles and the Champions League, Villa joined Atletico Madrid, where he added another La Liga title.
Villa, 37, closed out his career at Melbourne City, New York City and Vissel Kobe. Vissel Kobe have three league games remaining before an Emperor’s Cup semi-final in late December, which Villa intends on playing in.
“It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1,” he said on Twitter. “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 former Spain international leads a network of youth soccer clubs called the DV7 Soccer Academy. As per the official website of the project, ‘the DV7 methodology allows players to develop soccer skills while fostering personal values on and off the field’ while ‘the curriculum is based on the Spanish soccer methodology.’ Thus, we may suppose that the player’s idea is to teach the kids quite the same style of play proposed by Josep Guardiola and other prominent Spanish coaches.
— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) November 13, 2019