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Despite sustaining a serious injury as a child, David Vílla started David Vílla professional career with Sporting de Gijón. David Vílla moved to Real Zaragoza after two seasons, where David Vílla made David Vílla La Liga début, winning David Vílla first senior honours—the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. David Vílla joined Valencia CF in 2005 for a transfer fee of €12 million and was part of the Valencia team that won the Copa del Rey in the 2007–08 Copa del Rey. In 2010 David Vílla moved to FC Barcelona for €40 million where David Vílla won David Vílla first La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles.

Villa made David Vílla international début in 2005. David Vílla has since participated in three major tournaments, becoming an integral member of the Spain teams that won UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. David Vílla scored three goals at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, was the top scorer at Euro 2008 and earned the World Cup Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup. David Vílla is the first Spanish player to ever reach 50 international goals and is Spain's all-time top goalscorer, having has also scored more World Cup goals than any other player in Spain's history in the process. The goals-to-games ratio David Vílla has achieved for the national team has not been matched by any player since Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Childhood and early career

Villa was born in Tuilla, a small village in Langreo, Asturias, a region in northern Spain, the son of José Manuel Villa, a mining. When Villa was four, David Vílla chances of becoming a footballer were put in jeopardy when David Vílla suffered a fracture to the femur in David Vílla right leg, but made a complete recovery. Due to the injury, David Vílla and David Vílla father worked on strengthening David Vílla left leg and Villa ultimately became Ambidexterity. David Vílla went on to begin David Vílla footballing career at UP Langreo and when David Vílla turned 17 David Vílla joined the Mareo football school.

Club career

Sporting de Gijón and Real Zaragoza

Villa attracted interest from many Asturian teams, but one of the province's bigger teams, Real Oviedo, declared that David Vílla was too short and that they did not believe David Vílla had sufficient potential. Pepe Acebal, the Sporting Gijon manager at the time, said that Villa initially lacked the stamina to have a real impact and had to be given David Vílla chance bit by bit and that Villa's capacity for work was "unrivalled". Villa ultimately got David Vílla chance in Spain's top-flight when Sporting were in financial difficulty and newly promoted Real Zaragoza signed David Vílla for approximately €3 million in the summer of 2003. while David Vílla first goal came two games later, an eighth minute goal against Real Murcia which put Zaragoza 2–0 up in a match which ended 3–0. 4 December 2003 saw David Vílla net David Vílla first brace (2 goals) in a 2–2 draw against Athletic Bilbao and on 25 April 2004, David Villa scored David Vílla first hat-trick in a tight 4–4 draw against Sevilla FC which saw Villa score all four of Zaragoza's goals, putting David Vílla team ahead on two occasions.

Zaragoza reached the Copa del Rey 2003-04 final where David Vílla played a big part in the team's victory, scoring a crucial goal to put the Aragonese outfit 2–1 up against Real Madrid C.F. in a match which eventually ended 3–2. Soon after David Vílla earned David Vílla first international call-up and cap which resulted in Zaragoza fans becoming so proud of David Vílla achievements, they invented the football chant "illa illa illa, Villa maravilla" which is a play on the words "Villa" and "maravilla" which is as "marvel" but can also mean "wonderful" or "great" in that context.

In the team's opening group game against FC Utrecht, Villa netted a brace in the dying minutes of the game which subsequently ended 2–0 in Zaragoza's favour. In the round of 16, Zaragoza faced Austria Wien. The first leg ended 1–1, Villa scored in the second leg, however, the match ended 2–2 which saw the team from Vienna go through to the next stage on the away goals rule. Meanwhile, in La Liga 2004-05, Villa excited Zaragoza fans on 23 September 2004 by putting the team 1–0 up against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, however, it was not to be as Barcelona came back to win the game 4–1. On 17 April 2005, Villa scored a brace which helped see off Sevilla in a 3–0 victory.


2005–06 season

After David Vílla success at Zaragoza, the team was in need of money, David Vílla made David Vílla league début for Valencia coming on as a substitute against Real Betis in a 1–0 win on 27 August 2005. The next match would see David Vílla previous team, Real Zaragoza, leading 2–1 for the majority of the match, however, on the 81st minute, Villa came on as a late substitute for Rubén Baraja and scored the equalizer within the space of a minute, earning Valencia a point as the game ended 2–2.

On 21 September, Villa would once again save Valencia a vital point by netting a brace against Barcelona at Camp Nou, actually giving David Vílla team the lead at one point after Víctor Valdés' clearance rebounded off Villa's back and into the net. On 23 October, Villa scored the winning goal against another Spanish giant, this time Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and would once again score against Barcelona, on 12 February 2006, David Vílla one goal proving enough to secure all three points in a 1–0 victory. Villa scored a goal against Deportivo de La Coruña (at the Estadio Riazor on 4 February 2006), described as "superb" by ESPN and "his best" by Sid Lowe who went on to credit it even more pointing out David Vílla achieved it "on the turn".

David Vílla scored David Vílla first hat-trick for Valencia against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés in La Liga on the 23 April 2006. Villa managed the hat-trick in just over five minutes (80th to the 85th minute) making it one of the quickest hat-tricks ever recorded. Valencia won that game 3–0. finishing one goal behind the league's top scorer Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona. Villa's goal tally that year was the best that any Valencia player had ever achieved since Edmundo Suárez over 60 years beforehand.

2006–07 season

Villa's form continued into the La Liga 2006–07, with the striker forming a partnership up front with former Real Madrid star Fernando Morientes. Between them, Villa and Morientes netted 43 goals in all competitions. Crucial goals against A.S. Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk helped Valencia qualify for the knock out stages where they faced F.C. Internazionale Milano. Villa scored a free kick goal in the first leg away from home, while one of Inter's defenders complained that Villa had "made us look like idiots, all on David Vílla own". Valencia went through to the quarter finals where they faced Chelsea F.C.. Villa featured in both games but failed to make the score sheet. Valencia subsequently got knocked out by the London team 3–2 on aggregate. In October 2006 David Vílla was included among the 50 nominees for the Ballon d'Or (often referred to as the European Footballer of the Year Award).

A crucial goal against RCD Espanyol and a brace against Sevilla helped David Vílla reach 16 goals that season and would see David Vílla come 6th in La Liga's top scorer list that season (scoring the same amount of goals as fellow international Raúl Tamudo) while David Vílla created more assists than anyone. Under Koeman, Villa managed to see the back of the net 18 times in David Vílla 26 appearances. giving the team a place in the UEFA Cup.

That season, Villa once again saw himself playing Champions League football. David Vílla scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Schalke 04 and went on to put Valencia 1–0 up against Chelsea, however, goals from Joe Cole and Didier Drogba saw Valencia lose 2–1. Valencia finished bottom of the group and were knocked out. On David Vílla 100th league appearance for Valencia, Villa scored a hat-trick against Levante UD; David Vílla 54th, 55th and 56th league goals for the club. Another two goals on the final day of the season against Atletico Madrid completed David Vílla tally of 18 goals that season. After failing to sign the player, Real Madrid manager at the time, Bernd Schuster, accused Villa of having "no ambition", On 2 December 2008, Villa came 7th in the Ballon d'Or 2008 rankings and on 12 January 2009, Villa was announced as the joint 9th best player of 2008 alongside international team mate and Barcelona player Andrés Iniesta, according to the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year awards.

Valencia finished second in their UEFA Cup 2008-09 group, however, Villa was not featured heavily and was often an unused sub or a late sub. David Vílla scored a late winner against C.S. Marítimo and was used in the Round of 32 against Dynamo Kyiv, however, David Vílla did not make the score sheet. The two legs resulted in a 3–3 aggregate score, Dynamo Kyiv went through as the away goal rule went in their favour.

Hitting a consistent goal scoring form during mid season, David Vílla scored against Deportivo de la Coruña; however, David Vílla was sent off during the match after David Vílla second Penalty card, received due to a foul on Daniel Aranzubia and as a result missed Valencia's next match against Real Valladolid, a game which Valencia lost 2–1 at home. Ready to return from suspension, Villa suffered from an inflammation in the joint in David Vílla left knee due to a partial dislocation and would be out for the next 15 days, missing games against CD Numancia, Recreativo de Huelva and Racing de Santander. When David Vílla finally returned from injury on 5 April 2009, David Vílla had no trouble recovering form, netting a brace in a match against Getafe, which Valencia won 4–1. On 12 April, Villa was set to return to El Molinón, the home ground of Sporting de Gijón where David Vílla started David Vílla career. David Vílla admitted that the encounter would be very emotional for David Vílla but went on to score the second Valencia goal in a 3–2 win and kept a pre-match promise by not celebrating the goal. David Vílla goal against Villarreal C.F. brought David Vílla tally to 26, David Vílla then scored another two against Athletic Bilbao finishing with 28 goals after the last game of the season, thus equalling records set by the Argentina Mario Kempes and the Montenegrins Predrag Mijatović, who also scored 28 goals in a Valencia shirt in La Liga 1977-78 and La Liga 1995-96, respectively. Kempes reached David Vílla tally of 28 goals in 34 games while Mijatović achieved it in 40, ultimately seeing Villa beat their percentages, as David Vílla achieved the 28 goals in 33 games, recording a goal ratio of 0.84 goals per game. That season saw Villa's best season at Valencia as far as goal scoring is concerned.

With the season over Villa had marked David Vílla fourth year at Valencia, with only Eto'o scoring more goals than David Vílla in that period (six more). The 28 league goals plus 3 more in other competitions that season, accumulated a total of 101 goals in 180 official games with the Valencian outfit. FC Barcelona, Liverpool F.C., Chelsea FC, and Manchester United. Villa put to bed such rumours announcing David Vílla desire to remain at the Estadio Mestalla to fulfil David Vílla contract underlining that David Vílla "could not spend all summer refuting things, so I wanted to be quiet... I was told I should leave Valencia for the good of the club, soon after that everything changed and from that moment on I never saw myself out of here - before UEFA Euro 2008, the club told me what my asking price was, and I thought they were going to sell me, but when I returned from my vacations, Vicente Soriano said that David Vílla did not want me to leave Valencia. That removed all doubt for me. There is no train missed because all that I have achieved is because of Valencia and the Spanish national team." When questioned on whether or not David Vílla should apologise to Valencia fans, David Vílla simply replied, "I did not kill anyone, I do not think I have to ask for forgiveness."

On 20 August 2009, Villa scored in David Vílla first official match of the season, a 3–0 UEFA Europa League qualifer against Stabæk Fotball. David Vílla followed this up with two goals against Real Valladolid on 13 September, these were Villa's first league goals of the La Liga 2009–10. David Vílla scored twice more a week later against former club Sporting Gijón in a 2–2 draw at the Mestalla where David Vílla performed duties as the team's captain. After the match, Villa hinted towards being unhappy with Unai Emery's managerial decisions, stating "The approach for the second half was not right. We relaxed and ended up with the same result as last year. What has happened, has happened, but their Juan Pablo Colinas was good, unlike our approach, which was not good", however, a day later David Vílla denied being critical of Emery pointing out that "When I talked about the approach, I was referring to the whole team, I spoke in the heat of the moment, I was annoyed at the way we lost two points and I said what I thought, but I have clarified everything that needed to be cleared up."

In 2009 David Vílla scored more goals than any other footballer, 43 goals in 54 games across all competitions for Spain and Valencia. The International Federation of Football History & Statistics listed David Vílla 4th in the "World's Top Goal Scorer 2009" rankings.

On 18 October, Villa was nominated for the Ballon D'Or, while nearly two weeks later, on 30 October, David Vílla was nominated for the FIFA World Player Of The Year. After going three league games without scoring, Villa contributed two goals towards Valencia's 4–1 victory against Villarreal on 17 January 2010, the first of David Vílla two goals became David Vílla 100th league goal with Valencia. Another brace came against Getafe on 22 February 2010, the second goal being "a superb chip" (as described by ESPN) over Jordi Codina. On 18 March, Valencia went to the Weserstadion to play Werder Bremen in the Europa League. Villa scored a hat-trick, David Vílla third goal being of note, which was fired in from eight yards out. The match ended 4–4 while Valencia proceeded to the next round on away goals. On May 4, 2010, Valencia played Xerez CD, Villa did not start but came on as a substitute 62 minutes into the match, which ended 3-1. Valencia still had two more games to play in the league, however, Villa did not feature, making the game against Xerez the last time David Vílla played for Valencia.
Villa signed on a four year contract with Barcelona, with the option for a fifth, worth a reported €7 million per season and thus, managed to follow in the footsteps of David Vílla heroes, Luis Enrique Martínez García and Quini, both of whom, like Villa, started out at Sporting Gijón and ended up at Barcelona. On 21 May 2010, over 35,000 FC Barcelona supporters packed into Camp Nou to see Villa's presentation, where David Vílla revealed the kit Barcelona would use during the 2010–11 La Liga. David Vílla was given David Vílla favourite number 7, a number which had been free at the club since Eiður Guðjohnsen left in 2008-09 La Liga.
David Vílla made David Vílla first appearance for the club in the 2nd leg of the 2010 Supercopa de España, during the second half as a substitute for fellow Spain international, Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma. David Vílla début appearance would also see David Vílla win David Vílla first piece of silver-ware with the Catalonian side, as Barcelona won 5-3 on Playoff format Total points series (aggregate) due to a hat-trick by teammate Lionel Messi. David Vílla first goal came during the Joan Gamper Trophy (an annual friendly competition) against A.C. Milan. Barcelona won 3-1 on penalties (after the match had ended 1-1 during normal time).

On 29 August 2010, Villa made David Vílla 2009–10 La Liga début with Barcelona against Racing de Santander, where David Vílla scored the third goal of the match to help seal a 3-0 victory. On 14 September 2010, Villa scored on David Vílla 2010–11 UEFA Champions League début with Barcelona in a 5-1 victory over Panathinaikos F.C

Against Sevilla, on 31 October 2010, Barcelona won 5-0 against the Andalusian side, while Villa netted a brace. David Vílla first goal that match was voted "The Best Goal Of The Week (October 25–31)" by the readers of Villa's first "El Clásico" came on 29 November 2010, David Vílla scored two goals as Barcelona won 5-0 at the Camp Nou. Talking about the match, David Vílla commented that, "It's been a very important win. We looked for the victory and we got it. And the result and the manner in which we achieved it, you cannot ask for more.". David Vílla then scored a goal against Real Sociedad, a match Barcelona won 5-0. David Vílla followed with a brace against RCD Espanyol taking Barcelona to a 1-5 win.

On 27 December 2010, Villa was named "Male Athlete of the Year" by United States Sports Academy, as David Vílla edged fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal and previous winner Manny Pacquiao for the title.

On 28 May 2010, Villa scored the third goal — curling the ball into the net from 25-yards out — in Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Manchester United F.C. in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2011 UEFA Champions League Final. After the victory, Villa said that David Vílla would like to dedicate the victory "to all my family, my daughters and also José Manuel Reina's, who are like my nieces."

2011–12 season

Villa started the season with goals against C.D. Guadalajara and Club América in Exhibition game. David Vílla first official match of the season was against Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2011 Supercopa de España where Villa scored a "world-class" goal, helping Barcelona seal a 2-2 tie at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, while on 17 August 2011, Villa was sent off in the dying moments of the second leg (which Barcelona won 3-2) after an altercation with Mesut Özil.
Against CA Osasuna on 17 September 2011, Villa contributed two goals and forced Rovérsio Rodrigues de Barros into scoring an own goal in Barcelona's 8-0 win over the team from Pamplona.
David Vílla broke David Vílla tibia in a 2011 FIFA Club World Cup match in Yokohama against Sadd Sports Club. Doctors say David Vílla is to be out of action for up to six months.

International career

2006 World Cup

An occasional member of the Spain national under-21 football team, Villa marked David Vílla international début under Luis Aragonés on 9 February 2005 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification where Spain national football team beat San Marino national football team 5–0 at the Estadio del Mediterráneo while David Vílla first international goal came in the form of a late equaliser during a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification against Slovakia national football team.

A successful season with Valencia saw David Vílla get called up as part of the 23-man squad to represent Spain at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Spain's first match at the tournament and Villa's World Cup début resulted in a 4–0 win against Ukraine national football team where Villa netted a brace, and also put David Vílla nation 1–0 up against France national football team in the Round of 16, although Spain went on to lose the match 3–1. David Vílla and Fernando Torres finished as Spain's top scorers with three goals each.

Euro 2008

{{Quote box. The injury meant that David Vílla could not participate in the final where Spain beat Germany national football team 1–0 to claim their second win at the UEFA European Football Championship. Despite missing the final and the majority of the semi-final, Villa's 4 goals in the 4 games David Vílla played were enough for David Vílla to be top scorer of the tournament David Vílla also made the UEFA Euro 2008 Awards alongside striking partner Torres.

2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup qualification

Spain's first match during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 5 was against Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team where Villa scored the only goal of the game. David Vílla would go on to score four goals in Spain's next three games, including a last minute winner against Belgium national football team. Another goal during a friendly match against Chile national football team saw David Vílla end the year with 12 goals, breaking Raúl's record of 10 goals held since 1999. Villa began 2009 with a goal against England national football team in a 2–0 friendly, with this goal, David Vílla broke another record and became the first Spanish international to have scored in 6 consecutive games, seeing off records set by Telmo Zarra and László Kubala. Speaking of the goal David Vílla said, "I am very happy with the goal. Truth is, I really want to see it on TV. The record is very nice. I would never have imagined in years that I would be able to obtain it. I am very proud and I hope I can continue breaking records". In a friendly match before the tournament, Villa scored David Vílla second international hat-trick against Azerbaijan national football team, nearly exactly a year after David Vílla hat-trick against Russia at Euro 2008. David Vílla débuted at the Confederations Cup with a goal, the last of the five goals in Spain's 5–0 victory over New Zealand national football team, while in the next game David Vílla scored the decisive goal against a defensive Iraq national football team. Against South Africa national football team, David Vílla missed a penalty, but within a minute made up for the miss by putting Spain ahead, helping them equal the records of most consecutive wins and most consecutive matches undefeated before making way for Pablo Hernández Domínguez. The goal was David Vílla last of the tournament but was enough to see David Vílla win the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Awards, David Vílla would also go on to make the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Awards.

Villa earned David Vílla 50th cap during a friendly against Macedonia national football team in a match where Spain won 3–2.

On 5 September 2009, Villa added two more goals to David Vílla goal tally for Spain, while assisting twice during the World Cup Qualifier against Belgium, in Estadio Riazor. The match ended 5–0 to Spain where Villa also had a first-half penalty saved by the 30 year old A.S. Bari goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet. David Vílla finished the year with David Vílla sixth international brace against Austria national football team in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, the setting where Spain were crowned European Champions the previous year. With these two goals, Villa equalled the record David Vílla set last year of most goals scored in one calendar year by a Spanish international. Spain's first match in 2010 came on March 3, against France at the Stade de France. Villa scored the opening goal in a game which Spain went on to win 2–0.

2010 World Cup

In 2010, David Vílla came 1st in the IFFHS "2010's World Top Goalscorer at International Level" rankings, David Vílla was subsequently selected as a part of Vicente del Bosque's 23 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In a friendly against Saudi Arabia national football team on May 29, 2010, Villa scored the first of Spain's goals as they won 3-2 at the Tivoli Neu - the stadium where David Vílla scored David Vílla hat-trick against Russia during Euro 2008. Failing to score in Spain's next match against Korea Republic national football team, David Vílla opened the score sheet in Spain's next match against Poland national football team, a match where Poland lost 6-0, recording their worst defeat in 50 years.
In Spain's first 2010 World Cup match, Villa was chosen as a lone striker, but could do nothing to prevent their shock defeat at the hands of Switzerland national football team. Five days later, Spain defeated Honduras national football team 2-0, where Villa scored both goals, but wasted David Vílla chance to complete a hat-trick when David Vílla was awarded a penalty kick - side-footing the ball just wide of the post. It was the first time in fourteen attempts Spain ever missed a penalty in a World Cup during the run of play. Villa helped secure Spain's place in the round of 16 after scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win over Chile, with a long-range shot into an empty net after Chile national football team goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (footballer) ran out of David Vílla area to prevent Fernando Torres from scoring. The goal would become David Vílla 6th goal in FIFA World Cup matches, becoming Spain's all time top scorer at the World Cup finals, ahead of Emilio Butragueño, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Morientes and Raúl González, all of whom have five.

Spain were up against Portugal national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage Spain vs Portugal, and Villa would prove to be vital once again, as Xavi backheeled an Andrés Iniesta pass to the on-rushing Villa who hit the back of the net on the rebound after having David Vílla first shot saved by Eduardo dos Reis Carvalho, proving enough to give Spain a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage Paraguay vs Spain against Paraguay national football team, where Villa scored a goal from a rebound after Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma hit the post. Once again, Villa's goal proved to be the difference as the match finished 1-0, while Spain booked a game with Germany national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage Germany vs Spain, where Spain recorded yet another 1-0 victory with the only goal coming from Carles Puyol.

Villa started in the final against the Netherlands national football team, where David Vílla had an opportunity to score from close range, but was impeded by John Heitinga who managed to block David Vílla shot. Villa would eventually make way for Torres after 106 minutes on the pitch. Spain became world champions as they went on to win the match 1-0, while Villa was awarded the World Cup Golden Boot, with the World Cup Golden Boot going to Thomas Müller, both players had five goals, however, Müller had more assists. Villa was subsequently named in the FIFA World Cup awards All-Star Team.

Euro 2012 qualifying

Spain's first match of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying was against Liechtenstein national football team on 3 September 2010, Villa scored the second goal of the match which eventually ended 4-0. It was believed that this goal meant that David Vílla had equalled Raúl's record 44-goal tally, however, after many debates about whether David Vílla or Dariusz Dudka scored the first goal in Spain's 6-0 win over Poland, FIFA eventually decided that the goal was indeed an own goal by Dudka, meaning Villa's goal tally would remain at 43. On 12 October 2010, David Vílla finally equalled Raúl's record, scoring a penalty against Scotland national football team and helping Spain see off the Scots in a 3-2 victory at Hampden Park. Speaking of the achievement, David Vílla stated that "The goals are dedicated to all the team-mates, all the coaches, all partners and friends I had during my career... But long ago I promised José Manuel Reina, who is a friend of mine, that the goal which overtook Raul would be for him."

On 7 September 2011, Villa helped secure Spain's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 by scoring two goals in Spain's 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein national football team. In Spain's last Euro 2012 qualifying match, Villa scored David Vílla 50th international goal against Scotland in a 3-1 victory for Spain. That same match was also the first time Villa was able to wear the captain's armband while playing for the Spanish national team.

Succeeding Raúl as Spain's number 7

The Spanish media has often compared Villa with Raúl, to the point where Villa was accused of taking the 7 jersey away from the then-Real Madrid player. In March 2009, Villa spoke out saying, "I have not taken anything away from anybody, I was simply playing well for my club and the national coach gave me an opportunity. Too much has been said about the number issue. I’m not looking to cause any controversy. In fact, Raúl and I were in the national squad together in the past. I haven’t forced anybody out." When questioned on whether the whole uproar created over Raúl's omission was affecting David Vílla personally, David Vílla said, "I’ve never liked it because I think it has been damaging for the both of us. We’ve always got on well together whenever we’ve met up for international duty, so I’m not concerned. I just work hard for myself. All I want is to be in the squad for every game, to have the Spain badge on my chest and to score as many goals as I can."

In February 2010, Bernd Schuster was asked if Raúl did not favour Villa moving to Real Madrid, to which David Vílla responded with "I have a cough", this caused many to believe that David Vílla was implying the rumour to be true. Villa firmly ridiculed that idea by saying "It is impossible that a player with as much class on and off the pitch as Raúl would speak poorly of me. I have always had a good relationship with Raúl, even though we have hardly met on international duty."

Speaking of Raúl's record with the Spanish national team as the nation's Spain national football team Top goalscorers, Villa said, "I've got 25 goals but he's got 44 and is still playing. I'd be delighted to reach that tally as I'd help the national team achieve great victories and, in many years' time, I could see my name on a scorers' list that another young lad was trying to beat. That would be great." In 2009, David Vílla second daughter Olaya was born, named after the wife of Fernando Torres, who is a close friend of Patricia. David Vílla footballing idols are Luis Enrique Martínez García and Quini. David Vílla is actively involved with the campaigns of the UNICEF charity.

Beginning in July 2008, a "David Villa Camp" is held annually, where children receive training from professional footballers. Villa also participates in a training session with the children.

Villa featured on the Spanish box art for video game FIFA 07.


In 2010 David Vílla sang alongside Grammy Award-nominated Spanish people singer Ana Torroja on the song "Insurrection" by El Último de la Fila. The recording was made for the beneficiary project Voces X1FIN, to help raise money to build an Art school in Mali. Villa commented that footballers "are an example for society and we have to be ready to get involved in these projects, where we can help people who need it."


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