By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon


37-year-old Spanish World Cup winner David Villa Sanchez has announced his retirement from football.

The Vissel Kobe forward announced his retirement at the end of the current season in Japan, with three games left before Emperor’s Cup semi-final in late December and the final in January, to the end the current campaign

The former Valencia and FC Barcelona forward wrote on his Twitter account: “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from football at the end of this season. Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career. Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me.

“It is my objective to put the cherry on top of the cake by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1st. From then on I will continue to enjoy football through the projects that we are currently developing with DV7 Group. Thanks for all the love.”

David Villa became a professional footballer 19 years ago with Sporting Gijon, before moving to Zaragoza, Valencia, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Prior to his move to Japan earlier this year, the reputed goal scorer spent the last four years of his career in the US, playing for New City FC.

His Japanese J-League Club Vissel Kobe are currently 10th on the log, despite his 12 goals and two assists in 26 appearances in all competitions for them.

David Villa Sanchez won three Spanish LaLiga titles, three Copa Del Reys trophies and the UEFA Champions League title in 2011 with FC Barcelona.

He won 98 caps for Spain scoring 59 goals in an international career that saw him lift the Euro trophy in 2008 and the FIFA World Cup title in 2010 in South Africa.


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