Real Betis vs Valencia CF

Apr, 21 / 20:45 Matchday 33



  • Nombre completo David Villa Sánchez
  • Fecha de nacimiento 03/12/1981
  • Lugar de nacimiento Tuilla (Asturias)
  • Nacionalidad Spanish
  • Altura/Peso 1,75 m. / 69 Kg.
  • Debut 17/07/2005

David Villa Sánchez is one of the few players who had a meteoric rise since his arrival at Valencia CF in the 2005/06 campaign.

It was then when ‘el Guaje’ revealed his true potential and broke the mould. Fans didn't wait long to chant ‘Illa, illa, illa, Villa maravilla’ (wonderful Villa) as already in his first season the striker scored 25 goals, earning the second place in the La Liga Pichichi shortlist. But that was only the beginning of a successful six-year period in which he would give Valencia CF many moments of glory.

His years at Valencia CF coincided in time with his most brilliant period as international for Spain. He scored three goals in the 2006 World Cup,  was top scorer in the 2008 Euro Cup with four goals and became World champion in the South Africa World Cup in 2012, winning the Silver Boot as second top scorer of the tournament.

He was a skillful player with both legs, being able to score many goals from all angles. He had a powerful shot which allowed him to score from free-kick positions. Besides, his great ability  to win the one-on-one duels stunned the world. His superb dribbling and his extremely high ratio of goals converted from the penalty spot made him the preferred one by the coach for the penalty shoot-outs both at Valencia CF and at the Spanish team.

His loyalty to Valencia CF, reinforced by his impeccable behaviour in all situations, would earn him the team’s captaincy. Honest, sacrified on the pitch and respectful with the press and his peers alike, he never had a single disagreement with his team-mates, nor with the coaching staff or with the demanding Valencia CF fans.

After exit from the club at the end of the 2009/10 campaign to FC Barcelona, he wrote his name in the annals of the club. recognised for his work, his attitude and his achievements, Villa is widely regarded as one of the most important strikers in the club’s recent history, level with great legeds as Kempes, Penev or Piojo Lopez. Villa is the club’s fifth all-time goal scorer in La Liga, after Mundo, Waldo, Kempes and Fernando. He is also Spain’s top scorer of all time alongside Raul Gonzalez.

Titles: 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Eurocup, 1 Mundial, 4 Trophies Zarra, Top Scorer Eurocup 2008, 2009 FIFA Bronze Boot,
Silver Boot and World Cup Bronze Ball 2010.