david villa biography

David Villa has become an idol for many football fans due to a successful career in all categories. Born in Tuilla and brought up in the gentle but hard working province of Asturias, “el Guaje” as he is affectionately nicknamed in the football world, spent his childhood attached to a football. Very few people remember an image of David not kicking a ball.

David always had the support of his family, his father believed he had potential and is a constant and vital support in the footballer’s life.

His first team was Langreo, where he suffered an injury to his right leg and as a result, he began to work on strengthening his left leg. Whether it was out of necessity or perhaps to avoid losing the love he had felt for football since he was a child, this was how he became an “ambidextrous” footballer.

His attitude proved positive, but being a discreet and introverted person, home-loving and family orientated, he was quite shy about his success in climbing ladders in the world of football and his repute extended throughout the sporting world.

After Langreo he joined the Mareo School, at only 17 years old. Real Sporting would then become his team and there he played for the Youth team, the reserve B team and finally made his first appearance for the first team during the 2001/02 season. For two years he defended Sporting’s colours in the Second Division, following in the steps of his idol, Enrique Castro “Quini”.

Real Zaragoza noticed his footballing qualities and signed him up in the summer of 2003. During his time at Zaragoza, he made his debut for the National team. The now famous chant “Illa, illa, illa, Villa Maravilla” (Marvellous Villa) could be heard at the Romareda stadium during every home game from then on.

Just before the 2005/06 season began, and with numerous offers on the table, “el Guaje” signed for Valencia CF. The Club paid the get-out clause of his contract with Zaragoza, set at 12 million euros, and his talent became evident in Spain and in Europe. During that first season he scored 25 goals for Valencia and was the second highest goal scorer in the League. In the following two seasons he scored 15 and 18 goals in League matches.

This season he is moving towards a goal-scoring record, reaching the level of previous Valencia legends such as Kempes, Waldo and Mundo, the latter being the highest goal scorer in Valencia CF’s history.

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His debut with the Spanish National side took place in Almería on 9th February 2005 in a World Cup 2006 qualifying match. Spain were playing against Ukraine, and “el Guaje” scored twice. His inclusion in the National team would then be in no doubt and in Euro Cup 2008 he became a National football idol. As one of the most important players and with Luis Aragonés as Spain’s Manager, the team became Euro Cup Champions for the first time in 40 years.


David has been married to Patricia since 2003 and they have a daughter together named Zaida. The little girl’s name is engraved on David’s personalised football boots, which he uses for all official matches.  As a lover of the Asturias countryside and the traditions of his hometown, Tuilla, David is a kind-hearted family man and extremely supportive of those in need.  His humility and warmth is valued by those who support him, his family and friends.
David has a strong sense of comradeship. He is respected in the dressing room and admired by his fans.  He has a high respect for his colleagues in his day to day work and much loved in the football world.


David Villa is a top footballer with technical quality and speed. He has a talent for scoring goals and reading the game quickly. His goal instincts and goal passes are important elements in his eminence as a player who makes a difference.