David Villa – Spain
Full Name: David Villa Sanchez
Date of Birth: 3rd December, 1981 (28)
Current Club: Valencia (Spain)
2009/2010 Apps/Goals: 39/27
International Appearances: 55
International Goals: 37
International Accolades: 2008 European Championship Golden Boot. 2009 Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe (Both awarded for the highest amount of goals scored in the tournament)
Interesting Fact: Based on scoring statistics, (The importance of his goals and the games they were scored in) statistics claim David Villa to be the most prolific striker on the planet during a lean four year spell (2005-2009).
David Villa is Spain’s most prolific striker heading into South Africa, scoring seven goals on route to Spain recording an immaculate record through qualification, with Spain winning all ten of their World Cup qualifiers. Despite the fact Villa only played on seven separate occasions for Spain during qualifying, the Valencia forward still scored seven goals and averaged a goal a game.
Villa has this hunger for goals, an eye for goal if you like, that few others boast. Moreover, he’s one of the more versatile strikers in world football as he can play in just about any forward position, whether it be a lone striker role or working alongside a colleague, usually an equally classy Fernando Torres when he’s with the Spanish national team. He isn’t just about finding the net though, although he’s world-class at doing so, as Villa demonstrates his workmanlike work ethic in almost every appearance, willing to drop back and help out in midfield whenever necessary. He doesn’t shy away from hard work, and it’s his hard-working attitude which has earned him the adoration from fans everywhere, especially those associated with Valencia and Spain.
Villa is so prolific, both for club and country, that rarely will you see a record based on Asturias forward where his goals per game ratio is less than say 0.75 (just under a goal a game). Despite being relatively small in height at just 5ft 9 in, Villa scores goals for fun and has done for the most part of his illustrious career. His record while on duty for his country is incredible having played 55 games for Spain scoring 37 goals. Villa has now put just seven goals between him and Raul’s international tally of 44 goals, with Raul currently Spain’s most prolific hitman in their history. Villa could surpass that amount in South Africa should he enjoy yet another fruitful tournament.