David Villa the Spanish international has become the first signing of the new Major League Soccer (MLS) team New York City Football Club (NYCFC). The La Roja star won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid last season having scored thirteen goals in thirty six matches. In a statement he said “Throughout my career, I’ve always tried to keep pushing myself to achieve new targets, and this represents another important goal for me. I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard, scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become the best team in the league”. He was a vital part of the Atletico Madrid squad which missed out on their maiden UEFA Champions league title last month, losing out to Real Madrid in the finals. This move emerges out to be the first major signing in the MLS this season.
MLS said Villa was acquired on a free transfer from his former club. The La Furia star is taking a huge risk in crossing the Atlantic and joining MLS with some of his critics claiming that it’s going to end up like his retirement home. There is a lot of optimism as well and of course one upside being the hefty pay cheque. Going by the reports he will be heavily compensated much like his other colleagues from Europe such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Jermaine Defoe who have been successful in the MLS.
The 32-year old is a highly decorated football player having won a Euro Cup, a World Cup and 1 Champions League title with Barcelona in 2011. The ex- Barcelona and Valencia man also won the silver boot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a tally of five goals. The upcoming FIFA world cup will be a significant one for Villa as it will probably be his last major international tournament as a striker for his country. He is already the highest goal scorer for Spain with 56 goals and would try to better his record.
The player who started his career in Sporting de Gijon has had an illustrated career and we hope he ends it on a high too. David Villa in a statement said “It’s been a very positive experience for me (at Atletico). Not only a sporting one, as you’ve obviously all seen, but also personally. I’ve found a very good family both in the changing room and with the fans and the club, who have helped me a lot and made me feel very happy. I will treasure this year for the rest of my life.”
He wished his former club the best “I hope, trust and believe that the coming years are going to be very successful for Atletico.”
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