David Villa: Former Spain and Barcelona star announces retirement from football aged 37

David Villa: Former Spain and Barcelona star announces retirement from football aged 37

- David Villa has announced retirement from active football at the age of 37

- The Barcelona legend dropped the curtain on his illustrious career on Wednesday, November 13

- Villa won Champions League and domestic titles with Barcelona and won World Cup with Spain in 2010

Former Spain international, David Villa, has announced retirement from active football at the age of 37 after an illustrious and trophy-laden spell across clubs spanning two decades.

The Barcelona legend dropped the curtain on his career with Japanese side Vissel Kobe on Wednesday, November 13.

Known for his versatility and goal poaching skills, Villa enjoyed an enviable stellar professional career where he was able to score 376 goals in 752 games across his club spell.

On the international stage, the 37-year-old forward recorded 98 caps for Spain and was an integral figure to Spain's World Cup triumph in 2010 and European Championship in 2008 where he won the Golden Boot.

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Villa claimed three La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and Champions League title with Barcelona before parting with the Spanish giants in 2013 for Atletico Madrid where he added another domestic title under Diego Simone.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. This is the result of discussions I had with my family and people around me," Villa said at a press conference on Wednesday.

"I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football.

"I'm very happy with my career. I'm very proud. I have loved this sport since the beginning of my life. I have tried to do my best to bring this sport everywhere. And the future now is Queens." the Barcelona legend submitted.

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