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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