David Villa: Former Barcelona Striker Announces Retirement From Football
Spain’s all-time top goalscorer David Villa will retire next month, at the end Japan’s J-League season.
Villa, who plays for J1 League side Vissel Kobe, will bow out having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 with Spain, and the Champions League in 2011 with Barcelona.
He made the announcement in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Tuesday night.
The 37-year-old wrote: “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season.
“Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career.
“Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me.”
Following his retirement, Villa will be a lead investor in a new United States football franchise, Queensboro FC in New York, who will enter the second tier of US football from 2021.
He is Spain’s top scorer with 59 goals in 98 games.