The fractured tibia he suffered in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011 has proved to be a turning point in the career of David Villa. Since then, El Guaje has struggled to regain a regular spot in attack for Barcelona, the club he joined back in summer 2010.

 

The all-time leading marksmn in the history of the Spanish senior side, Villa is equally adept at playing as an out-an-out centre-forward, on the left of a front three or in a more withdrawn striking role. Naturally right-footed, this hugely gifted and strong-willed front-runner developed a remarkable proficiency with his left after breaking his right leg at four years of age. Not even a cast could stop the youngster playing football, so he simply learned to use his less-favoured foot.

 

A product of the youth system at Sporting Gijon, for whom he shone in the La Liga between 2001 and 2003, Villa then spent two productive seasons at Real Zaragoza before signing on the dotted line for Valencia, where he would go on to become one of the most coveted goalgetters on Planet Football.

 

After making his La Roja debut in February 2005, Villa has been a key element of the Spain success story that followed their disappointing early exit at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. The top scorer and joint highest scorer in La Selección’s triumphs at UEFA EURO 2008 and South Africa 2010 respectively, Villa missed out on EURO 2012 due to the aforementioned fracture.

 

Fit again and amongst the goals, come Brazil 2013 he would love to claim a FIFA Confederations Cup that evaded him and his team-mates at South Africa 2009.