David Villa is Spain’s top World Cup goal scorer and will be hoping to produce a record-breaking performance at the 2014 World Cup. Villa looks to have overcome the injury problems that threatened a premature end to his career and is a strong contender for tournament top scorer in addition to goalscorer markets in Spain’s World Cup matches.
Villa attracted interest from several teams before being taken on by Sporting de Gijón and making his first team debut in 2000–01. Between 1999 and 2003 playing for both the B and main sides, Villa netted a total of 65 goals in 130 combined appearances at the two sides before Spanish squad Real Zaragoza signed him for approximately €3 million in the summer of 2003.
The Spaniard scored 17 goals in his first season alone, also grabbing four fine goals and his first career hat-trick during a 4–4 draw against Sevilla. Villa played a big part in Zaragoza’s 2004 Copa del Rey triumph when he scored the second goal to put his side ahead on the way to a 3-2 victor over Real Madrid.
After bagging 41 goals from 92 appearances during his impressive time spent at Zaragoza, Valencia secured Villa for €12 million where he played in 217 games and scored over half that tally between 2005 and 2010.
Villa moved to Barcelona on a fee of €40 million during May 2010, after which he thrived with the La Liga giants and claimed a pair of titles in 2010–11 and 2012–13, as well as the Copa del Rey once, a pair of Supercopa de España crowns in 2010-11, the 2011 UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup and the prestigious Champions League in 2010–11 thanks to a 25-yard curling screamer to seal a 3-1 win over Manchester United.
Villa made his international debut in 2005 and has since competed in the previous two World Cups, scoring 56 goals for Spain in 91 appearances with a strong goal scoring average of 0.62 at International level. Villa was also a vital part of Spain’s UEFA Euro 2008 title, claiming the Golden Boot for most goals scored with four from the tournament.
Villa was somewhat of a revelation in the 2010 World Cup for Spain, scoring the joint-top number of goals on his way to winning the tournament with five goals in seven appearances. Four years prior, he scored three goals in just four World Cup appearances in 2006, and, despite scoring no goals from six 2014 World Cup qualification matches, Villa is a demon performer at the big event.
David Villa World Cup Betting Tips
Villa’s record at FIFA tournaments is compelling with 22 goals in 35 appearances, and he hasn’t lost any of his uncanny scoring instincts. There are plenty of alternative candidates for the tournament top scorer but none at such appealing odds – bookmakers clearly think we’ve seen the best of him at 32-years-old.