David Villa has been making headlines with the recent news of his transfer from Atletico Madrid to New York City FC, which has MLS fans ecstatic. He is an incredible forward that any club would be lucky to have, and MLS is welcoming him with open arms.
I haven’t heard many age complaints or the mention of MLS being a retirement league with the news of the transfer; however, Villa has now given himself an expiration date — at least where his national team duty is concerned. This World Cup will be the last event he plays amongst his Spanish teammates. It is a bittersweet moment for the player, his team and his fans.
Villa announced that this World Cup would be his last matches with Spain‘s National Team, because of his age, performance and all that he’s already done for his country. He has a lot to be proud of as a player for Spain and he still has a lot to offer, but four years from now that may not be the case. He’s calling it quits on a national level before it gets to that point. This does not mean he wont be a great performer at NYCFC, because he still is a top player but obviously not the player he once was.
The 32-year-old has played three World Cups with Spain, and he was an essential player for the 2010 championship as well as its 2012 Euro Cup championship. He is definitely a player who has given the team his all, and calling his own “retirement” is obviously the best thing for both the county and himself. He is currently the all-time leading goalscorer for the team with 56 goals. He will be adding to that tally during the World Cup this summer, and he will help his team go far in the competition to have himself exit on a high note.