The 37-year-old will finish his career with Vissel Kobe in January of next year at the close of the league season in Japan
Spanish striker David Villa says he will retire in January. The 37-year-old will finish his career with Vissel Kobe in January of next year at the close of the league season in Japan, ending the career of Spains top scorer in international play.
Its better to leave football before football leaves me, Villa said. Ive been thinking for several years when you reach 33, 34 or 35 the moment can arrive at any time in a game, in training, or with an injury.
Villa scored 59 goals in 98 appearances for Spain from 2004-17, including five goals at the 2010 World Cup as his nation won the title for the first time. He also scored four goals for Spain en route to the 2008 European Championship title and is his countrys most prolific scorer ever.
Before signing with Kobe, Villa played at Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before spending four seasons with New York City FC, scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances.
Its a decision Ive thought about a lot, Villa continued. I spoke about this with the people who care about me, with my family, and the people who have been with me for my whole career.