Spain’s World Cup winner David Villa announces retirement in his press conference. The 37-year-old Spaniard has been playing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe this year with just three league matches left before an Emperor’s Cup semi-final in late December. The Spain legend wrote on his Twitter: “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season.
Thanks to all the managers, coaches and teammates who made it possible for me to enjoy this dream career. Thanks to my parents, it’s always been there to help me.” “It’s my ambition to top the cherry by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1. From then on, through all the ventures that we are currently developing with the DV7 team, I will continue to enjoy football. Thank you for all the love.
“Villa’s career totaled 19 years and began at Sporting Gijon in Spain before going to Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Villa then went to New York City in 2015, where he spent four seasons before joining Kobe earlier this year.
The attacker scored twelve times and made two assists with the club currently 10th in the J-League in 26 appearances. Villa claimed three La Liga titles throughout his club career, three Copa del Reys and won the 2011 Champions League with Barcelona. The Spaniard represented his country 98 times winning Euro 2008 internationally before lifting the World Cup two years later as well.