David Villa
David Villa

Former Barcelona Star, David Villa, Announces Retirement   

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

Former Barcelona star, David Villa, has confirmed that he plans to retire once the current J-League season ends.

The 37-year-old Spanish forward has been playing for the Japanese side, Vissel Kobe, this year and has just three league matches left before an Emperor's Cup semi-final in late December.

On Wednesday, at an early press conference, David Villa revealed he would call it quits with football. He also indicated that he would like to finish his career while still performing at a decent level.

“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.

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

His club confirmed that the Spanish attacker's final game will hold on December 7 against Jubilo Iwata. This means he will not take part in the rest of the club's cup games.

Villa's career began in Spain with Sporting Gijon before his subsequent move to Zaragoza and then to Valencia, where he became a global force and was recognised as a threat to any defence.

He was then scooped by Barcelona and later on joined Atletico Madrid. He then moved to the major League Soccer in the United States with New York City FC before going to Japan in an illustrious career that lasted for 19 years.

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