Reflecting back on top career moments of David VillaLast updated on Nov 13, 2019, 05:30 pm
When it comes to Spanish football, the nation has produced a number of top footballers so far.
While most of them were unique on their own, David Villa too made a name for himself, owing to his opportunistic, versatile and well-rounded gameplay.
As he recently announced his intention to retire from football, we take a look at the top moments from his paramount career.
His break-through career at Valencia
While Villa started his career at Sporting Gijón, before moving to Real Zaragoza, his break-through came at Valencia, where he played for five seasons.
He had a glorious stint there, scoring 129 goals in 225 matches, while he also won the Copa del Rey in 2007-08.
It was during this time that allowed him to become a regular for Spain's national team.
Leading Spain to 2008 European title
As he became a regular for the Spanish side, he faced a stern test as he was apart of the side during the 2008 UEFA Euro.
However, he overcame the pressure and delivered a strong performance to finish as the top-scorer of the tournament, as he also led Spain to their second European title.
This was the first major step to his international success.
Spanish WC success
Helping Spain win their maiden FIFA World Cup
Following his brilliant impact in the Euro, he continued the good run for the national side, as he was also a member of their team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He scored the most goals (5) as it allowed Spain to win their maiden World Cup title.
Owing to his performance, he was also included in the Dream Team by FIFA.
Continuing his success at Barcelona
Following tremendous success with Spain, he was bound to be targeted by a top club, as he made a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
While he scored 48 goals from 119 matches, he won it all at the club, including the UEFA Champions League on two occasions, as he looked like an unstoppable Spanish force.
Cementing his legacy as a Spanish great at NYCFC
Having had an illustrious career with Valencia, Barca, and Spain, he added one last legacy to his career, during his stint with New York City.
Having played for four seasons, he finished as the club's top goal-scorer, scoring 82 goals in 130 matches.
Also, having played the most matches in the club's history, he cemented his legacy as one of the Spanish greats.