David Villa to retire

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After a career spanning four continents and nearly 100 caps for Spain David Villa announced this week he is hanging up the boots. As he announced 'It's better to leave football before football leaves me' with the hope his final match will be the Emperor's Cup Final on New Year's Day. 

Villa hoping to leave after 15th trophy 

The 37-year-old forward who has played for some top clubs will leave the game when his club side in the J League Vissel Kobe season finishes up. As they have a semifinal to play just before Christmas he will be hoping to leave the game by lifting the Emperor's Cup on the 1st January.

The experienced forward remains philosophical about his career this was seen as he said: “I’ve been thinking for several years when you reach 33, 34 or 35 the moment can arrive at any time in a game, in training, or with an injury.”

A career that span 19 years for the Spanish man can for sure be one to look back on fondly. It saw him win 14 trophies with his varies clubs and his country, a tally that could still yet be added to with the Emperor's Cup.

The pick from those has got to be the 2010 World Cup in which Spain defeated Holland in the final of in South Africa 1-0 after extra time. David Villa played 106 minutes of this match before being substituted for another former J League player Fernando Torres.

The forward then added he looks to remain working in football saying "Even though I will no longer be on the pitch, I will continue to be involved in football in other ways and will continue to contribute to the football world."

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