Spain striker David Villa has announced he plans to retire from international football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Villa, 32 is Spain’s all time leading goal scorer, having scored 56 goals for La Roja.
David Villa announces Spain retirement after World Cup
Villa was an integral part of the Spanish team that is considered to be the golden generation of Spanish football, which went on to win the UEFA EURO 2008 and the FIFA World Cup 2010.
“I don’t like to say farewell, but obviously this World Cup will be my last games for Spain,” he said on Spanish television channel Cuatro. “Given my age, my level of performance, and everything I have given the team, it is time.
“Now I want to enjoy it from the first day, have a great World Cup, and why not try to get another title?”
Villa was announced as newly formed Major League Soccer club New York City FC’s first signing on Monday, joining on a three-year deal from Atletico Madrid. Villa believes he still has a lot to offer to the game of football.
“It’s one of the reasons I accepted this offer – because I still have a lot of football left in me,” he added. “Otherwise I would have gone home. I want to make a name for myself in this part of the world.”
Spain kickoff their campaign in Brazil on 13 June against last time’s runners up Netherlands, in what will be one of the most anticipated games of the group stage of the World Cup.