Famous Football Player: David Villa (Spain)
At this age, David Villa Sanchez might seem a little old to bear the nickname “El Guaje” (the kid). Still, he started on this road as a kid and now, after many delays and detours along his path to the top. In case you’ve been under a rock, David Villa plays striker for Barcelona, as well as for the Spanish National Team, and has attained international stardom for his powerful play and aggressive scoring.
As a child, he sustained an injury that might have ended any dreams of playing professionally. But dedication and hard work enabled him to overcome and in 2000, he made his professional debut in Spain’s Segunda Division. That’s when he started drawing the attention of the press and of soccer fans. During his two seasons, he scored 28 goals and made 80 appearances, enough to merit the jump to La Liga. With Zaragoza he scored 31 goals in 73 appearances. Then came Valencia where he transferred for €12 million, and where he also was the team’s second highest scorer. Finally, in 2010, Barcelona acquired Villa’s talents for a cool €40.0 million. Not bad for a kid that almost didn’t get to play at all.
With the Spanish National Team, he took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2008 Euro. In Cup play, he scored three goals and was the top scorer in the Euro with four.
David Villa Sanchez has amassed a respectable number of awards during his career. His honors and accomplishments include such prestigious awards as:
Villa was the highest goal scorer in Euro 2008 scoring four goals and it would be a very good bet to make to have him being the top scorer in the World Cup in 2010. David Villa is one of the sharpest and most handsome forwards in the world of football today. He was an important part of the world cup winning squad of 2010, and the team which won the 2008 and 2012 Euro cup.
- Don Balon Award 2005/06
- The Zarra Trophy 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10
- Top Assisting Player (La Liga) 2006/07
- The UEFA Euro Golden Boot 2008
- FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe 2009
David’s skill and steady record for scoring in big tournaments have plenty of Spanish soccer fans looking to him to do great things for Team Spain in this years FIFA World Cup play.