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David Villa

David Villa

David Villa Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation) was born on 3 December 1981, nicknamed El Guaje (The Kid in Asturian) is a Spanish footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Valencia and Spain. Despite sustaining a career threatening injury as a child, David Villa started his professional career with Sporting de Gijón and made his debut in 2000 in Spain’s Segunda División.
David Villa moved to Real Zaragoza after two seasons, after a total of 38 goals and 80 appearances for Gijón. David Villa made his La Liga debut at Zaragoza and scored 31 goals in 73 appearances in the next two seasons, winning the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España, his first senior honours. David Villa joined his current club Valencia in 2005 for a transfer fee of €12 million. David Villa was the second highest scorer in the 2005–06 season with 25 goals, and was part of the Valencia team that won the Copa del Rey for a second time in the 2007–08 season.
David Villa plays as a Spanish international and made his debut for the team against San Marino in 2005. David Villa has since participated in two major tournaments: 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. He scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup and was top scorer at Euro 2008 with four goals. He is the second top scorer of all time for Spain behind only Raúl.
Statistics (based on goal importance and the tournement they were scored in) demonstrate Villa to be the most prolific goalscorer in the world between 2005-2009, seeing the back of the net over 156 times, while The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) listed him 4th in the “World’s Top Goal Scorer 2009″ rankings. David Villa has two children with his wife Patricia and often attends charity events supported by sports personalities.

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