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David Villa

Full name David Villa Sánchez
Nationality Spanish
Date of birth 3 December 1981
Place of birth Langreo, Spain
Height 1.75 mts
Nickname El Guaje
Position Striker
Number 7

David Villa (Spanish) born 3 December 1981 in Langreo, Asturias, nicknamed El Guaje, is a Spanish footballer who currently plays as a striker for Barcelona and Spain.

Despite sustaining a career threatening injury as a child, he started his professional career with Sporting de Gijón and made his debut in 2000 in Spain's Segunda División. He moved to Real Zaragoza after two seasons, after a total of 38 goals and 80 appearances for Gijón. He made his La Liga debut at Zaragoza and scored 31 goals in 73 appearances in the next two seasons, winning the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España, his first senior honours. He joined Valencia in 2005 for a transfer fee of €12 million. He was the second highest scorer in the 2005–06 season with 25 goals, and was part of the Valencia team that won the Copa del Rey for a second time in the 2007–08 season. In 2010 he moved to Barcelona for €40.0 million.

Villa made his international debut in 2005 against San Marino. He has since participated in two major tournaments: 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008. He scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup and was top scorer at Euro 2008 with four goals. He is the second top scorer of all time for Spain behind only Raul González. Statistics (based on goal importance and the tournament they were scored in) demonstrate Villa to be the most prolific goalscorer in the world between 2005–2009, seeing the back of the net over 156 times, while the IFFHS listed him 4th in the "World's Top Goal Scorer 2009" rankings. Villa has two children with his wife Patricia and often attends charity events supported by sports personalities.