David Villa was born on 03/12/1981 which means he will go to the 2010 World Cup aged 28, the peak of his career. He stands 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m) tall which means he is not the biggest of strikers but what he lacks in height he more than makes up for with his clinical finishing and his dead ball skills. He takes penalties for his club and country and is also a free kick specialist.
David Villa started his career with Sporting de Gijon where he scored 38 goals in 80 appearances over two seasons. Those performances earned him a move to the La Liga from the Secunda Division when Real Zaragoza came in for him. Villa spent two seasons at Real Zaragoza where he scored 31 goals in 73 games, winning the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana along the way.
In 2005 he earned his big move to current club Valencia who parted with 12m Euros to secure his signature. Villa scored 25 goals in his first season at Valencia which made him the second highest scorer in his league and marked him down as one of the best finishers in Europe. The following season David Villa made his Champions League debut and went on to score against the likes of Roma and Inter Milan in the competition. He scored 16 league goals that season ( and made more assists than any other player) and was nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
In the 07/08 season Valenica went through a transition phase as far as managers were concerned but that didn’t stop Villa scoring 18 league goals as well as 3 goals in the Champions League.
In 08/09 David Villa had his best season yet for Valencia, he netted 28 goals in 33 games, which equals 0.84 goals per game, a very impressive ratio for a league as good as La Liga. He has continued that goalscoring form into the 09/10 season for Valencia and is on course for another league Golden Boot award.
Despite continually being linked with ‘bigger’ European clubs in both Spain and England David Villa has remained loyal to Valencia. In 2008 the then Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster said that Villa had “no ambition” after the player turned down a move to the Bernabeu.Brazilian player Kaka chose to compliment Villa though, calling him “the best Spanish footballer” and saying he is the player he would most like to play with.
David Villa made his international debut for Spain in 2005 against San Marino and has gone on to play over 50 times for Spain, scoring almost 40 goals. This proves he can transfer his amazing club goalscoring record on to the international stage.
Before the 2010 World Cup David Villa has played in two major international tournaments. He played in the 2006 World Cup where Spain were eventually knocked out by winner’s runners up France in the Second Round. Villa scored three goals in that tournament.
David Villa’s biggest achievement came in 2008 at Euro 2008 when Spain won the competition. Unfortunately for Villa he missed the final having got injured early in the semi final against Russia. This means he played in just four games but managed to score four goals in those games which resulted in him winning the Euro 2008 Golden Boot award. He was also named in the team of the tournament by UEFA.
In 2009 David Villa was part of Spain’s squad for the Confederations Cup, he scored 3 goals in South Africa proving he can score on those pitches in those conditions.
During his World Cup qualifying campaign David Villa scored 7 goals in 7 games making him his team’s top scorer in the qualifying phase.
David Villa Golden Boot odds
David Villa goes to the World Cup as the favourite to be World Cup Golden Boot. Spain will play Chile, Honduras and Switzerland in their group which means he should go into the knockout phase with a healthy amount of goals in the bank. Spain are not likely to face Brazil or England until the final if they win their group, which will increase their chances of playing as many World Cup matches as possible.
David villa also has a live chance of being awarded the Player Of The Tournament. He is certainly one of the best players who will be on show at the World Cup and strikers have often won this award in the past so he shouldn’t be penalised for ‘just’ scoring goals.
Back David Villa to be World Cup Golden Boot at 12.00 with Bet365