During a press conference in Japan, striker David Villa announced that he plans to retire during the start of 2020 with Vissel Kobe.
It finally happened, David Villa finally announced his retirement as a professional footballer earlier on Wednesday in Japan.
This took place during a press conference that Vissel Kobe announced at the player’s request.
During the emotional moment talking to the press, Villa revealed he had been thinking about this decision for months and he finally came around to it.
‘Guaje‘ thanked his family before anybody else for standing beside him through his journey.
With Andres Iniesta sitting inside the press room and clearly excited, Villa also spoke about how grateful he feels for ending his career by the Spanish midfielder’s side.
David Villa will put an end to a brilliant career after Vissel Kobe ends its run through the Emperor’s Cup in Japanese football.
His current club is about to face Shimizu on December 21, the winner will get a chance to play the final on January 2, 2020.
Villa’s intention is to reach that final and possibly retire with another medal around his neck.
The Spaniard still hasn’t announced what his plans for the future will be, all he knows is that the time to hang up his boots has come.
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. pic.twitter.com/E82vb3tNwT
— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) November 13, 2019
“First and foremost, I wouldn’t have made any of this possible if it wasn’t for my family,” said Villa via Diario AS.
“During these one and a half months we have left, I feel incredibly grateful that I will get to end my career by Andres Iniesta’s side.”
“My intention was to eventually leave football, not the other way around. I’ve been thinking about this decision for years.”
“Once you get through a certain age in your career, you know that the end can come at any given time.”
“I’ve worked my head around this with my inner circle in order to realize that retiring isn’t easy.”
“Your body is the one that gives you the first signs. I felt strong and after going through my career highlights, I only kept renewing my contract for one year.”
“But this is the season in which that thought of retiring crossed my mind the most, it’s time I make this decision.”
“I can always risk that motto I set for myself and this isn’t a decision that takes a day or two.”
“I’ve gone through this with my people over and over again. The ones who know me and love me agree with me, they helped me make this decision earlier this year.”
“I’m not retiring just yet. I will retire on January 2nd, which is when we will win the Emperor’s Cup in Tokio,” he concluded.
El @Guaje7Villa anuncia que se retira al final de esta temporada y espera hacerlo ganando la Emperor’s Cup el 1-1-20. Agradecido a su amigo @andresiniesta8 por su ayuda este año en Japón 👊🏼🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/AWwNyGq6jf
— Sports&Life (@sportsandlf) November 13, 2019
David Villa’s legacy in football.
We’ve discussed this many times before, David Villa is arguably the best striker in Spanish football’s history.
With 59 goals in 98 appearances, he is his nation’s all-time leading scorer and a true legend of the game.
This man started his career at Sporting Gijon and moved up through the ranks with his natural talent as a striker.
By the time bigger clubs in the country noticed him, but Zaragoza was the one that decided to take a risk.
After winning the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Supercup in 2004, Valencia finally decided to take a risk with him.
Villa scored many goals with the ‘Che’ squad, but he only won the Copa del Rey in 2008.
It wasn’t until his days at FC Barcelona when he truly became a success in regards to collective trophies.
However, David Villa’s biggest legacy came when he wore the Spain jersey.
As part of his nation’s golden generation, ‘Guaje’ was the most important striker in a roster that won three back-to-back major trophies between 2008 and 2012.
This included two European Championships and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
David Villa’s career will remain as one of the most successful in football history, we salute the incredible run he had and recognize all the success over the course of 20 years as a professional.
🏆🇪🇸 David Villa anuncia su retirada
⚽️🤩 Gracias y suerte con tus nuevos proyectos ¡¡LEYENDA!! pic.twitter.com/Hcbd0BQjAi
— Radio MARCA (@RadioMARCA) November 13, 2019
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