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Villa ready to call it quits

24 June 2014, 11:58

Nairobi - Spain striker David Villa admitted his glorious international career is most likely over following his side's final match at the 2014 World Cup.

The 32-year-old has not officially announced his retirement from international football, but as he prepares to join Major League Soccer outfit New York City, it would appear that his time at the top level of the game has come to an end.

Villa's passion for Spain was clear for all to see as he could not hold back the tears when he was substituted in the second half of Monday's 3-0 victory over Australia, a result which was not enough to prevent the defending champions from crashing out in the first round.

"I have always had a lot of love for the national team and it has always been what I dreamed about," he said after the match.

"I would play until I am 55 but that is impossible and I have to be realistic.

"I have taken a decision to go to the MLS and, therefore, I will not be playing for a few months which makes things difficult," he added.

The former Atletico Madrid and Barcelona player will retire as Spain's leading goal-scorer, having found the back of the net on 59 occasions in 97 matches.

"I hope that very few years pass before my record is broken because it would be good for Spain," Villa said of his achievements.

"It would be a privilege for someone to pass my record because I will always be in the history of the national team."

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