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Nov 13, 2019, 5:57:00 PM

Spain legend David Villa retires

Former Spain striker David Villa has announced his retirement from football after a glittering 19-year professional career.

The 37-year-old, who scored 59 goals for Spain and won the European Championship and World Cup, will lead a new US franchise called Queensboro FC in New York when he hangs up his boots.

Villa is targeting one final trophy with Vissel Kobe before moving back to the US, where he previously represented New York FC.

“After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season,” Villa wrote on Twitter.

“Thank you to all the teams, coaches and team-mates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career. Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me.

“It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor's Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1st.

“From then on, I will continue to enjoy football through all the projects that we're currently developing with DV7 group. Thank you for all the love,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA