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DAVID VILLA RETIRES AT 37, BUYS USL TEAM, QUEENSBORO FC

David Villa, Spain’s all-time top goalscorer, has announced his retirement aged 37.

The ex-Barcelona star had been playing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe since the start of the year, but has now announced he will be walking away from the sport.

In a press conference, Villa confirmed he had chosen to retire at the end of the season, with the J-League still having three games remaining.

Villa enjoyed a terrific professional career spanning 19 years, in which time he played in Spain, Australia, Japan and America.

The Spaniard scored 376 goals in 752 games across his club career, as well as a hefty return on the international stage.

Villa was a pivotal part of the Spain team which won the 2008 Euros and the 2010 World Cup.

He won the Golden Boot at the 2008 Euros and finished joint on goals with the Golden Shoe winner from the 2010 World Cup.

Villa’s club achievements include winning La Liga twice, the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

After spending a season at Atletico Madrid, he left Spain for America, as he became the first player for MLS expansion side New York City FC.

Villa spent four seasons in MLS, scoring 80 goals in 124 games.

And on Tuesday, Villa confirmed he had become a lead investor in a new club in the USL Championship.

Queensboro FC will join the USL in 2021, and has Villa’s financial backing.

He tweeted: “Queens always showed love to me and my family while we were in New York.

“It’s a dream to build a pro USL Championship club in the world’s Boro.”

Villa will play out the rest of the season before calling time on his career when his current contract ends.

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