David Villa

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David Villa Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈbiʎa santʃeθ]; born 3 December 1981) is a Spanish retired 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. Villa 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 5,971,226 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). David Villa is the 293rd most popular soccer player (down from 264th in 2019), the 419th most popular biography from Spain (up from 431st in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Spanish Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, David Villa ranks 293 out of 16,923Before him are Takashi Kano, Antonio Carbajal, Willy van de Kerkhof, Peter Shilton, Robert Lewandowski, and Franck Ribéry. After him are Kevin Keegan, Setsu Sawagata, Enzo Francescoli, Megumu Tamura, Usaburo Hidaka, and Reizo Fukuhara.

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

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Among people born in Spain, David Villa ranks 419 out of 2,595Before him are María de las Mercedes, Princess of Asturias (1880), Leander of Seville (534), Sara Montiel (1928), João da Nova (1460), Tiberius Sempronius Longus (-250), and Carlos Arias Navarro (1908). After him are Joanot Martorell (1415), Ordoño I of Asturias (821), Hasdai Crescas (1340), Eulalia of Barcelona (290), Francisco Rabal (1926), and Violant of Aragon (1236).


Among soccer players born in Spain, David Villa ranks 22Before him are Sergio Ramos (1986), Amancio Amaro (1939), Luis Enrique (1970), Rafael Moreno Aranzadi (1892), Andoni Zubizarreta (1961), and Fernando Hierro (1968). After him are Raúl (1977), Fernando Torres (1984), Josep Samitier (1902), Antoni Ramallets (1924), Julen Lopetegui (1966), and José Antonio Camacho (1955).

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