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David Villa

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David Villa Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈbiʎa santʃeθ]; born 3 December 1981) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a striker. Villa is regarded by pundits as one of the best forwards of his generation, and one of the best Spanish strikers of all time. He is currently working as the Technical Advisor and Head of Global Football Operations of the Indian Super League club Odisha FC.Nicknamed El Guaje (The Kid in Asturian) due to a reputation of playing football with children much older than him, Villa sustained a serious injury as a child but managed to start his professional career with Sporting de Gijón in 2001. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Villa has received more than 6,655,026 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 77 in 2019). David Villa is the 180th most popular soccer player (up from 293rd in 2019), the 344th most popular biography from Spain (up from 419th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Spanish Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, David Villa ranks 180 out of 16,880Before him are Jean-Marie Pfaff, Samuel Eto'o, Sergio Ramos, Kevin Keegan, Harald Schumacher, and Helmut Schön. After him are Oldřich Nejedlý, Gyula Grosics, José Luis Chilavert, Michael Ballack, Carlos Bilardo, and Andrea Pirlo.

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Among people born in 1981, David Villa ranks 9Before him are Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, Fernando Alonso, Alicia Keys, Iker Casillas, and Samuel Eto'o. After him are Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Rami Malek, Chris Evans, Xabi Alonso, and Justin Timberlake.

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Among people born in Spain, David Villa ranks 344 out of 2,932Before him are Alfonso II of Asturias (759), Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia (1953), Amaro Pargo (1678), Sergio Ramos (1986), Mercè Rodoreda (1908), and Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1910). After him are Pánfilo de Narváez (1478), Achila II (695), Martin I of Sicily (1374), Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867), John of Ávila (1500), and Antipope Clement VIII (1370).


Among soccer players born in Spain, David Villa ranks 14Before him are Andrés Iniesta (1984), Telmo Zarra (1921), Carles Rexach (1947), Luis Enrique (1970), Iker Casillas (1981), and Sergio Ramos (1986). After him are Emilio Butragueño (1963), Fernando Torres (1984), Javier Clemente (1950), José Antonio Camacho (1955), Raúl (1977), and Rafael Moreno Aranzadi (1892).

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