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Top facts about David Villa

David Villa is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker. Many pundits and football analysts believe that he is one of, if not the best strikers of his generation.

David villa was nicknamed El Guaje, as he used to play with children much older than him. He spent most of his football career in Spain. David Villa professional club career started with Sporting de Gijon in 2001.

After two successful seasons in Sporting de Gijon, he moved to La Liga club Real Zaragoza. Where David brought glory for the Spanish club. At the age 28 Villa got transferred to the legendry club Barcelona.

David won his first La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles with Barcelona. After 3 glorious seasons in Catalonia Villa departed Barca to join Atlético Madrid.

After a single season in the Spanish capital, he joined the new MLS franchise New York City. As David Villa became the club's record goal scorer and appearance maker.

In 2018 David departed New York to join the Japanese club Vissel Kobe, a club which he is currently playing for.

Here are Top facts about David Villa you need to know:

  • Full name

    : David Villa Sánchez

  • Date and Place of Birth

    : December 3, 1981/ Langreo, Spain

  • Height & Weight

    : 5′ 9″, 1.75 m/68 kg

  • Nationality

    : Spanish

  • Former Clubs

    : Valencia/ Real Zaragoza/Barcelona/Atlético Madrid/ New York City FC

  • Current Club

    : Vissel Kobe

  • Jersey number

    : 7

  • National team

    : Asturias, Spain U21, Spain

  • Nickname

    : El Guaje (The kid)

  • Position

    : striker

  • Parents

    : Dorita Villa (mother)/ José Manuel Villa (father)

  • Siblings

    : Aide Villa, Elsa Villa

  • Marital Status

    : married

  • Wife

    : Patricia González

  • Children

    : Zaida Villa González, Olaya Villa González, Luca Villa González

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Sagittarius

David Villa family and childhood

David Villa was born to Dorita and José Manuel Villa in Tuilla, a small parish in Langreo, Asturias. David’s father José Manuel was determined to make his son a football star as he became David’s first coach.

José Manuel never lost faith in his son, as David broke his right leg in young age. His father trained with young David to work on his left foot. He can play with both legs as he had to work with his left foot due to injury.

David was going to quit football due to a disagreement with his coach. The coach benched him most of the time.

David Villa family

persuaded him to never let go of his passion of becoming a professional footballer and fight for it like a champion.

David Villa body measurements

Although the Spanish footballer is 39 years he is still incredibly handsome and fit.

Here are David Villa body measurements

: Height 5 ft 9 in / 175 cm, Weight 152 lbs. / 69 kg. He has brown eye color and hair also David Villa’s ethnicity is white.

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David Villa early football career

David Villa early football career started in UP Langreo at the age of 17, he started to absorb the attention of many Asturian teams. Not all of them were interested as Real Oviedo an Asturian club stated that David is too short and he doesn’t have much of a potential.

Eventually David Villa got the golden chance to play for the local club

Sporting de Gijón

. Making it possible for him to follow the footsteps of his childhood idol Quini.

David Villa early football career

started in youth ranks of Sporting de Gijón. After two impressive seasons and netting 25 goals, David got promoted to the senior team.

At first David Villa didn’t have the needed stamina to be at his full potential but step by step the Spanish star got better and better.

David Villa professional club career

After scoring nearly 40 goals for Sporting's main team in two seasons, David Villa got a top flight to

Real Zaragoza

which was newly prompted to La Liga. David Villa got transferred to Real Zaragoza for a fee of €3 million in the summer of 2003.

In 2003-04

David Villa professional club career

officially started. He had an amazing start with Real Zaragoza. Surprisingly he didn’t have a rough time adapting to a higher level and managed to score 17 goals for the Spanish club in his first season.

David Villa’s first La Liga debut for Zaragoza wasn’t that much of a success as they were defeated 1–0 by

Deportivo de La Coruña

. David’s first goal came in a 2–0 victory over

Real Murcia


On 4 December 2003 he had his first brace in a 2–2 draw against Athletic


which was pretty important as he managed to get a vital point for his side.

On 25 April 2004 David netted his first hat-trick in a tight 4–4 draw against


. As Zaragoza reached the 2004 Copa del Rey final David Villa had an impressing performance by scoring a goal which ended in a 3–2 victory over

Real Madrid


David Villa‘s outstanding performance with Real Zaragoza earned him his first international call-up and cap. Which made Zaragoza fans so proud of him that they made this chant for him "illa illa illa, Villa maravilla", maravilla translates to marvel but it has other meanings such as wonderful or great.


After 2 incredible seasons at Zaragoza, he was in need of money so David joined one of the big clubs of Spain. David Villa got transferred to


for the fee of €12 million in the summer of 2005.

David had an impressive debut for Valencia in the Intertoto Cup match against the Belgian club


. In his first debut he scored a goal to secure a 2–0 victory for his side.

David Villa made his first La Liga debut for Valencia in a 1–0 victory over

Real Betis

. He managed to get a crucial point for Valencia by scoring a brace against


at Camp Nou.

Another interesting fact about David Villa

is that he did it like it was no big deal to score against the giant Spanish clubs in their home ground. On 23 October in 2005–06 season El Guaje scored the winning goal to defeat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

David Villa’s hunger for goals didn’t seem to be satisfied as he scored another game-winning goal against Barcelona on 12 February 2006. On 23 April 2006 David scored his first hat-trick for Valencia against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés.

2006–07 season was the start of a partnership which led to making a dangerous attacking duo as David Villa and Fernando Morientes scored 43 goals in all competitions altogether. The same season David Villa had his first debut in the UEFA Champions League.

In 2006–07 season David showed the football world what he is made of as he scored vital goals for Valencia in UEFA Champions League. Due to David’s top performance alongside Fernando Morientes Valencia earned a spot in the knockout stages of the campaign.


In the summer of 2010 Barcelona stroke a deal with Valencia to recruit Villa for the fee of €40 million. He made his first debut for blaugrana in the second leg of Supercopa de España which was celebrated with a trophy.

On 29 August 2010 David made his first La Liga debut for Barca in a 3–0 victory over Racing de Santander, where he scored his first goal for the Catalans.

His first El Clásico came on 29 November 2010.

Amazing fact about David Villa

is that he netted a brace in his first El Clásico match against the other Spanish giant Real Madrid.

On 28 May 2011, David scored a superb goal from 25 yard to ensure Barcelona's 3–1 victory over

Manchester United

in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League final. After the match Villa stated that he would like to dedicate the goal to his family especially his daughters also

Pepe Reina

's daughter whom are like nieces to him.

David‘s first official match in 2011–12 season was against Real Madrid in 2011 Supercopa de España. He managed to score a top-class goal to help Barca seal a 2–2 tie. Unfortunately in the second leg of the Supercopa de España he was sent off due to the quarrel he had with Real Madrid’s German midfielder Mesut Özil.

Another fact about David Villa is that in a Club World Cup match against

Al Sadd

, David Villa broke his tibia or shinbone as it is called. David paid a huge a price due to this sinister injury as he missed the entire 2011–12 season with both Barcelona and the Spanish football team at Euro 2012.

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Atlético Madrid

On 8 July 2013 Barcelona stated that they reached an agreement for the transfer of Villa to Atlético Madrid. David was transferred to Atlético Madrid for the fee of €5.1 million.

Villa scored his first goal for Atlético Madrid in the 2-1 victory over

Real Sociedad

. On 27 October 2013 David scored his first brace for the Spanish club in a 5–0 away win over Real Betis at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

David added two more braces for his side during 2013-14 season.

Another fact about David Villa

is that he finished his first and last season at Atlético Madrid with 13 goals out of 36 appearances.

New York City FC

On 1 June 2014, David Villa stated that he would leave the Spanish capitol and join another club called

New York City FC

which is an American club in MLS. "I want to try to help MLS continue to grow and try to make New York City become the best team in the league." He added.

On 1 February 2015 he was named the first captain of New York City FC, also their first Designated Player.

On 8 March 2015 David Villa had his first debut in the MLS for New York City FC which was resulted in a 1–1 draw. In their first home match which was held at the Yankee Stadium Villa managed to score the opening goal to ensure the victory over the

New England Revolution


Villa netted his first brace for the American club in a 4-4 draw against


, although he missed a penalty in the first half of that game. Another fact about David Villa is that he was called up to join the 2015 MLS All-Star Game on 29 July which was held at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

David score the crucial goal of the match from a Kaká assist in a 2-1 victory over

Tottenham Hotspur

. In spite of David Villa’s outstanding performance in the MLS regular season, they didn’t make it for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

David Villa scored 23 goals in the 2016 Major League Soccer season. He was named the 2016 MLS MVP the award which is given to the best player of the league. The Spanish striker was among the 2017 MLS All-Star Game squad in a game against David’s former rivals, Real Madrid.

Vissel Kobe

On 1 December 2018 Villa announced that he is going to play for J1 League club

Vissel Kobe

. Also he joined his former Barcelona teammate Andrés Iniesta.

On 2 March 2019, David scored his first goal for the Japanese club in a 1–0 win over Sagan Tosu. The Spanish start stated that he would end his 19-year football career by January 2020. David likes to invest as an owner of USL Championship side Queensboro FC after retirement.

David Villa international Career

Another fact about David Villa is that he was an occasional member of the

Spanish Under-21 team

. On 9 February 2005 he had his first debut for the Spanish team in a 2006 World Cup qualifier. Where

David Villa international Career

officially started.

His top performance in Valencia earned him a spot in the 23-man squad of Spain for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Spain’s first match and David’s first World cup debut ended in a 4–0 win against


, as he scored an amazing brace.

By the end of 2006 David Villa became an untouchable part of

Spain’s national team

he even ousted Raúl, the legendary Spanish winger from the team. David didn’t let Spain down as he scored 6 goals in qualification for Euro 2008. Glorious moments of David Villa international Career

He joined the Spanish squad for Euro 2008 as Fernando Torres and David Villa made an incredible duo for the attacking line of Spain. David scored a hat-trick against


in the tournament. In the next match he scored a 92nd minute goal against


to save Spain from a 1-1 draw.

In the semifinals they had to face Russia for the second time in the campaign. Sadly he got a thigh injury after taking a free kick and was taken off the pitch. It was probably the worst time for an injury as his nation reached the final game of the tournament and had to face



Germany couldn’t stop Spain from winning the tournament as Germany was defeated in 1-0 victory for Spain.

David Villa style of play

He is a master finisher as he is regarded as one of the best Spanish strikers of all time. Top fact David Villa is that he is naturally right-footed, but he is a powerful goal scorer with both legs.

David Villa style of play

is known by his amazing attacking runs, the awesome vision for passing the ball in a deep area and his ability for taking great penalties and free kicks.

Although his common role is a center-forward, he can also fill in positions like: supporting forward, an attacking midfielder or as a winger as David Villa style of play would allow.

David Villa transfer market value

David has been one of the most valuable Spanish strikers with a high transfer fee.

David Villa transfer market value

had been at its highest point in 2010 when he made his big move from Valencia to Barcelona. David Villa transfer market value was €50.00m in 2010.

David Villa salary and net worth

David Villa was not an ordinary professional footballer as his goals brought trophies and honors. As a result he was paid with decent amount of money. David Villa annual salary is $7 million, also

David Villa net worth

is estimated to be around $50 million.

David Villa wife and children

Patricia González is David Villa wife. Interesting fact about David Villa is that he married his childhood sweetheart. Patricia González was born in Langreo, Spain 1982 meaning she is 38 years old, Patricia acts as David’s manager.

Patricia got a scholarship in one of Spain’s top universities, she also worked for her sibling’s education.

Amazing fact is that David and Patricia were high school sweethearts. On July 2, 2003 the couple got married and Patricia González became

David Villa married wife

. soon after that on December 7, 2005 their first child, Zaida Villa González was born.

On August 18, 2009 the couple’s second daughter Olaya was born. And soon after their third child came along. David Villa third child and first son was born in 2013.

Here are

David Villa children name

: Luca Villa González, Zaida Villa González, Olaya Villa González.

David Villa philanthropy

David has been actively doing charity work and he is involved with the campaigns of the UNICEF charity. A token of

David Villa philanthropy

is his annual training camps where they gather children to receive training and football tips from professionals.

David Villa social media

David Villa social media

has been pretty active.


is his ID address on Instagram. David Villa social media is filled with pictures of his family or charity events that he attends also some publicity posts for the brands he represents.

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