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New York City FC's David Villa.(AP)

Spain’s record goalscorer David Villa accused of harassment, which he denies

NEW YORK | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 10:02 AM IST
Villa, 38, played for NYC from 2015-18 after starring in Spain for Sporting Gijón, Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. A member of Spain’s European champions in 2008 and World Cup champions in 2010, he scored a Spanish-record 59 goals in 98 international appearances from 2005-17.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) is congratulated by team mate David Villa after scoring his second goal against Spartak Moscow during their Champions League Group G soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona (File Photo)(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) is congratulated by team mate David Villa after scoring his second goal against Spartak Moscow during their Champions League Group G soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona (File Photo)(REUTERS)

Spanish star striker David Villa retires from football

Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 11:21 AM IST
“I’m holding (this press conference) to announce that I have decided to end my professional career and that I have decided to retire,” Villa told reporters in Kobe, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion.
FC Barcelona's forward Carles Perez celebrates his goal during the Rakuten Cup.(AFP)
FC Barcelona's forward Carles Perez celebrates his goal during the Rakuten Cup.(AFP)

Carles Perez double as Barcelona beat Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe 2-0

Kobe | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 06:32 PM IST
Carles Perez, a product of Barcelona’s academy, played a one-two inside the box and nutmegged the goalkeeper for his first goal, and fired a stunning left-footer for his second in the dying minutes.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and David Villa celebrate a goal on September 19, 2012.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and David Villa celebrate a goal on September 19, 2012.(REUTERS)

‘Best ever’ Lionel Messi constant in Barcelona evolution, says David Villa

Kobe, Japan | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2019 01:59 PM IST
Lionel Messi is the best player ever and Barcelona owe their success to their evolution to a more direct style from a possession-based passing game, the club’s former player David Villa has said
Borja Iglesias (L) joined RCD Espanyol at the start of 2018-19 season.(REUTERS)
Borja Iglesias (L) joined RCD Espanyol at the start of 2018-19 season.(REUTERS)

Catalan derby very emotional, very passionate, says Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 05:46 PM IST
Borja Iglesias has scored eight goals in just 14 League games for RCD Espanyol and ahead of their Derby at home to FC Barcelona Hindustan Times caught up with the in-form striker.
David Villa is the latest high-profile acquisition by Vissel Kobe in the western Japanese port city of Kobe.(AP)
David Villa is the latest high-profile acquisition by Vissel Kobe in the western Japanese port city of Kobe.(AP)

David Villa to rejoin Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe in Japan

Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 04:29 PM IST
David Villa, the all-time leading goalscorer in Spanish national team history, joined New York City in 2014 from Atletico Madrid following successful seasons with Barcelona and Valencia.
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