50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 20 David Villa

14 May 2010 11:22
Our countdown to the World Cup continues with a look at the striker who's on everybody's shopping list this summer, Spain's David Villa.

Name: David Villa

Age: 28

Club: Valencia

International Caps: 55

International Goals: 36

Villa started his career at Sporting Gijon, where his superb finishing and all-round game attracted the attentions of Spain's biggest clubs.

In 2003 he moved to Zaragoza for 3 million euros, and in two seasons at the club scored at a rate of almost a goal every other game.

Villa was now hot property, and Valencia paid 12 million euros for his services in the summer of 2005.

In his time at the club Villa has scored a remarkable 108 goals in 164 appearances, and been courted by the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona - where rumours suggest he may end up next season.

On the international stage, Villa has been equally prolific. A member of Spain's Euro 2008 winning side, he won the golden boot with four goals, but was forced out of the final with injury.

The odds will be short on him winning the boot in South Africa this summer, and with Fernando Torres alongside him, he arguably forms half of the most-feared strikeforce in the world.


No 21: Giorgio Chiellini
No 22: Carlos Vela

No 23: Diego Forlan

No 24: Marek Hamsik
No 25: Wilson Palacios

No 26: Alexis Sanchez

No 27: Tim Cahill

No 28: Gonzalo Higuain
No 29: John Terry

No 30: Andres Iniesta

No 31: Maicon
No 32: Victor Obinna

No 33: Klaas Jan Huntelaar
No 34: Ryan Nelsen

No 35: Tranquilo Barnetta
No 36: Jozy Altidore

No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer
No 40: Jong Tae-Se
No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sung

No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi



Source: DSG