Spain's record FIFA World Cup™ goalscorer David Villa is hoping that South Africa 2010 turns out to be historic for him and his country as they try to win the trophy for the first time and add it to their European crown.
The 28-year-old is keen to do all he can to bring that about starting with Tuesday's game against Portugal who have still to concede a goal in the tournament.
Villa, who scored one of the goals of the FIFA World Cup so far with an outrageous 40 metre lob in the win over Chile, has outshone strike partner Fernando Torres in South Africa and his three goals have established him as Spain's all time FIFA World Cup goalscorer with six, one ahead of legends Emilio Butragueno, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Morientes and Raul.
"Making history with the national team makes me very proud and happy," said Villa, who was the leading scorer at UEFA EURO 2008 with four goals though he missed the final through injury. However he added: "I prefer to see my team win more than me scoring a goal."
The Barcelona new signing - he was signed last month from Valencia for 40 million euros - has his sights set on eventually overhauling Raul's overall national goalscoring record of 44 goals in 102 appearances. He hasn't got far to go with his current tally of 41 goals in 61 games, an outstanding strike-rate in anyone language.
"To be just behind Raul, and to be so close to him (personally) at the same time, is a great honour," Villa told Spanish daily La Nueva Espana. "I hope to be able to continue to score goals, not only to overtake Raul but also to help Spain win more trophies."