Villa says adieu to New York...Is India the next stop?

Nitish Bhan  |  Farewell  |  2 Months Ago

   Former Barcelona and World Cup winner, David Villa has finally ended his 4 year stint with Major League Soccer side New York City FC, as he has left the States based club and moved on with his life. The World Cup winner made a name for himself in the La Liga and his best time possibly came with Valencia, before he made the move to the Nou Camp back in 2010.


    His official tweet read, “It was an honor to wear the #NYCFC jersey each game. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

   Since his departure from Barca after a stint of just three years with the Catalans, he has consistently been a prolific goal-scorer and despite his ups and downs, he ended his career on a high note.


   There were some major tweets going out from the Real Madrid fans, who wanted Los Blancos to sign him now at this stage of his career. To add to this, some rumours suggested that the champions of Europe were actually interested in offering him a deal (highly unlikely though).


   Fans of other top European clubs too tried their luck to woo their higher management into doing so, once the news of Villa’s exit spread like wildfire. In spite of all these earnest pleas, there weren’t too many big names from the continent that were actually keen on getting this erstwhile goal-machine on board.


    However, another option that he might now have at his disposal could be to play in the Indian Super League. The tournament has already given a lot of veterans especially Spanish ones, the chance to make a name of themselves in the Asian subcontinent, with a decent stint this late in their careers.

   Another feasible option could be going back to Melbourne City, the club where he had been on loan during the 2014 season. He managed to score just twice for them in four appearances and could be keen on spending some more time in that part of the world.


   Whatever be his fate eventually, Villa will be a great player to add to the squad, as he can really make an impact with his experience and wisdom. One thing to remember though will be that he is 36 at present and he will possibly find it tough to cope with the pace of European football.


   A short stint in India could be the order of the day just like many of his compatriots have done already. These might be part of his final few steps as a player, before he hangs up his boots and he might end up taking a coaching job or a full-time managerial role in the future.


   With more than 300 goals in his overall club career, the attacker was a consistent scorer and it will be interesting to see whether he has more football still left in him or not. We all will be hoping here in India that he does come to our country and make us witness first hand, his skills and some Villa magic. Whether that will actually happen or not, remains to be seen in the days to come.


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