David Villa leaves NYFC

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NYFC striker David Villa will be leaving the club once his contract expires at the end of December. He spent the past four seasons with the team.

According to ESPN’s Dermot Corrigan, he will be playing in Japan in 2019. It is not clear yet exactly who he will be joining.

NYFC striker David Villa heads In a rebound against Los Angeles FC
David Villa heads In a rebound against Los Angeles FC (Getty Images)

He was the team’s first-ever signing. He joined NYFC after playing for Atletico Madrid.

In his NYFC career, he had 80 goals in 124 appearances. He also was the league’s MVP in 2016.

“My experience here was amazing,” Villa told NYCFC’s official website. “It gave me everything as a soccer player, as a person, and as a family man. I’ll always remember this experience with love. My heart is here and I’m an NYCFC supporter forever.”

He made 36 appearances for Atlético Madrid from 2013-14. He made 13 goals.

From 2014 through 2018, he made 124 appearances with NYFC. He had 80 goals.

In 2014, he was also on loan to Melbourne City, where he made four appearances. He made two goals.

He made 36 appearances for Atlético Madrid from 2013-14. He made 13 goals.

Villa made 77 appearances with Barcelona from 2010 through 2013. He made 33 goals for the team.

He also appeared in 166 games for Valencia from 2005 through 2010. He also had 108 goals — the most goals of any team in any tenure.

He also appeared for Zaragoza in 73 games. He also had 32 goals in his tenure.

Villa appeared in 80 games for Sporting Gijon from 2001 through 2003. He had 38 goals.

In 2000 and 2001, he made 36 appearances for Sporting Gijón B. He also had 14 goals.

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